Le Conte Pear (Pyrus x lecontei)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Le Conte Pear
Pyrus x lecontei
Rosaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked. The flesh is crisp-fleshed like that of the Asian pears and is ready to eat when picked. It requires no further ripening and can store for several days to several months[183]. Occasionally eaten fresh, it is more commonly cooked in pies, preserves etc[183]. A sour taste[200]. The fruit is up to 8cm long and 5cm wide[200].

  • 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. This species is a hybrid and is unlikely to breed true to type from seed.
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]. This hybrid species has a greater resistance to fireblight than either of its parents though the fruit quality is poorer[183]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties[183].
A garden hybrid, P. communis x P. pyrifolia.

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