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Pyrus communis L.
Common Name: COMMON PEAR
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Tree

Pyrus communis A. A. Reznicek

The origins of the orchard pear are lost in antiquity, and it is not certain which species of wild pear are its Old World ancestors. Countless cultivars are grown and occasionally a discarded core or other means of dispersal will result in a tree strayed from cultivation to fencerows, clearings, and other disturbed sites. First collected as an escape in 1892 in St. Clair Co. Pears also spread by suckering, forming dense thickets at old orchards or farmyards.

Pear leaves are shinier than those of apple, with a much closer more distinct pinnate venation, and are essentially glabrous at maturity.

Locations

Allegan County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Clinton County
Emmet County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Huron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Leelanau County
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Ottawa County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 28, 2023. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2532.