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Pyrus nivalis - Jacq.                
                 
Common Name Snow Pear
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny slopes and dry open woods in S. Europe[50].
Range S.E. Europe to W. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Pyrus nivalis is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms
Pyrus nivalis Snow Pear


Pyrus nivalis Snow Pear
   
Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[177]. A sour flavour, it is usually cooked or brewed into cider or perry[183, 200]. The fruit matures late in the season and is 3 - 5cm long[200].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[200]. A very ornamental plant[1].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 - 10 weeks cold stratification at 1°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[200]. Temperatures over 15 - 20°c induce a secondary dormancy in the seed[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.
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Pyrus acidula 10
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Pyrus bretschneideri 20
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Pyrus calleryana dimorphophylla 20
Pyrus communisWild Pear, Common pear21
Pyrus communis sativaPear50
Pyrus cordataPlymouth Pear, Pear20
Pyrus elaeagnifolia 20
Pyrus elaeagnifolia kotschyana 20
Pyrus faurei 30
Pyrus glabra 20
Pyrus macrostipes 10
Pyrus maximowicziana 10
Pyrus pashiaIndian Wild Pear31
Pyrus persica 20
Pyrus phaeocarpa 20
Pyrus prematura 10
Pyrus pyraster 30
Pyrus pyrifoliaSand Pear, Chinese pear41
Pyrus pyrifolia cultaAsian Pear41
Pyrus regellii 20
Pyrus salicifoliaWillow-Leaved Pear20
Pyrus serrulata 10
Pyrus sohayakiensis 10
Pyrus syriaca 20
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