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NAME: Callery Pear

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Pyrus Calleryana / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Bradford pear

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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tart/sour

 RAW/DRY/COOK

Sep-Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT: The wild origin species of the cultivar, Bradford Pear. Fruit-very astringent raw. Best used after it has been exposed to frost, since this will soften and sweeten the flesh.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

 

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OTHER USES: Rootstock;  Wood. This species is widely used as a rootstock, especially for cultivars of Pyrus pyrifolia. It is said to induce earlier bearing. The wood of this species is hard and close-grained, and is sometimes used for making furniture and stools.(1) Pear wood (of any species) is among the finest-textured of all fruitwoods. It is prized for making woodwind instruments, and pear veneer is used in fine furniture. Pear wood is also among those preferred for preparing woodcuts for printing, either end-grained for small works or side-grained for larger.(2)

 

Callery pear has been used as rootstock for grafting such pear cultivars as Comice, Bosc, or Seckel, and especially for Nashi.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Pyrus+calleryana
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrus_calleryana