Stonehill Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Stone Hill’)

Stonehill Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Stone Hill’) (17608 bytes) Stonehill Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Stone Hill’) is an ornamental, flowering pear that grows to 35 feet in height with a width of 20 feet. It is native to China and Korea and has an upright, pyramidal form. Performing best when grown in full sun and well-drained soils, this pear is hardy to zone 4. It is adaptable to poor and clay soils, various pH levels, heat, drought and urban pollution. Because it tolerates areas where root growth is restricted, it makes a good street street. There are no serious insect or disease problems noted for this tree and it is resistant to fireblight. Storm and wind damage resistanceis reportedly excellent. Should be planted in spring.
stonehill pear foliage (2936 bytes) stonehill pear fall color (4178 bytes)     Foliage is a glossy dark green. Leaves are alternate and ovate in shape with finely serrated margins and a pointed tip. Due to a 2-inch long petiole, the foliage flutters in a breeze. Its summer color often lasts into November before changing to to a glossy golden red.
stonehill flowering pear blossoms (14376 bytes) Flowers are profuse, white, fragrant and showy. They emerge just before the foliage, in mid-to-late April, and last for about a week.
stonehill pear fruit (3630 bytes) Fruit is a dull gold, inch in diameter, and often is hidden amidst the dense foliage. It persists into fall.
stonehill pear bark (2640 bytes) Bark is gray and fissured with age.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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