Harbin Pear (Pyrus ussuriensis)

P. sinensis. non Lind.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Harbin Pear
Pyrus ussuriensis

Used as a rootstock[183] for P. pyrifolia culta in Korea[151], it is very frost resistant[74].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[183]. Size and quality varies tremendously from tree to tree. Good forms have somewhat dry but pleasantly flavoured fruits up to 4cm in diameter, other forms are less pleasant and often smaller[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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]. A very frost resistant tree[74], tolerating temperatures down to below -15¡[200], it is a possible rootstock for northern areas[74]. It is used as a rootstock for P. pyrifolia culta in Korea. This species is a parent of the cultivated Asian pears[200].
E. Asia – N.E. China, Korea.

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