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Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
6m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pyrus salicifolia

Other names

Willow-leaved pear, Willow leaf pear

Genus

Pyrus Pyrus

Species

P. salicifolia - P. salicifolia is a spreading, deciduous tree with pendent branches bearing narrowly elliptic or lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and dense racemes of creamy-white flowers in spring followed by green fruit.


Pyrus salicifolia is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed


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Where to grow

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in any fertile, well-drained soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Pyrus salicifolia

Other names

Willow-leaved pear, Willow leaf pear

Genus

Pyrus Pyrus

Species

P. salicifolia - P. salicifolia is a spreading, deciduous tree with pendent branches bearing narrowly elliptic or lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and dense racemes of creamy-white flowers in spring followed by green fruit.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific diseases

Canker , Fireblight , Honey fungus , Pear rust , Powdery mildew , Pear scab

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in any fertile, well-drained soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

Decline of pear; Leaf curl of pear; Moria disease of pear; Pear leaf curl

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma pyri on perry pears

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

The pest and vector are already present in the UK. Regulation appears to have been ineffective at preventing entry and establishment. A change of regulatory status is being considered at EU level. Industry may also want to review their management practices.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Pyrus salicifolia (Willow-leaved pear)

Common pest name

Citrus little leaf; Little leaf of citrus; Sour orange stem pitting; Stem pitting of sour orange; Xyloporosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Hop stunt viroid

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pest of hops present in America and parts of Europe. PHPS provides good assurance of disease freedom; but EU regulation to be pursued to enhance protection in the longer term.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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