Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Pear - Pyrus communis   L.
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DistributionPiedmont and Mountains; disjunct to Roanoke Island in Dare County.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. southern Canada and eastern U.S., scattered in the West.
AbundanceUncommon. Rare on the Outer Banks.
HabitatRoadsides, long-abandoned orchards and fields, disturbed woods, logging road, campus woods, pasture.
PhenologyFlowering in April; fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThe Common or Edible Pear has been grown in NC since colonial days. It is a small tree (10-30 feet tall) with ovate to broadly elliptical leaves that have a short drip-tip, and vary from entire to crenate-margined, pubescent when young. Flowers occur in umbel-like clusters, white. Fruits are pear-shaped (duh!) vs. roundish in Bradford Pear.
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Global RankG5
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