Pyrus ussuriensis 'Ure' flowers
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Height: 18 feet
Spread: 12 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
One of the hardiest older variety pear trees for cold climate orchards, featuring frothy white flowers in spring and good fall color; 2" diameter fruit; good fresh eating and canning, but self-pollinating and very resistant to fireblight
Ure Pear is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces small chartreuse oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with hints of yellow and white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.
The pears are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Ure Pear is draped in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruits are showy chartreuse pears with hints of yellow, which are carried in abundance in mid fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.
This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Ure Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Ure Pear will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.