Pyrus nivalis

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pyrus nivalis, Jacq. Snow Pear. Tree, without thorns, the shoots grayish pubescent: lvs. 2-3 in.long, elliptic to oval to obovate-oval, obtuse or short-acute, cuneate at base, entire or toward apex minutely crenulate, gray-pubescent: fls. large, white, showy: fr. small, roundish pyriform, late-ripening, acid, becoming sweet when overripe. Austria, and wild in France and elsewhere, but probably as an escape.—The snow pear is a small tree, with thick shoots that are white- or gray- hairy when young. It is grown in parts of Eu., particularly in France, for the making of perry or pear cider, the greater part of such varieties being of this species. By some writers it is considered to be a form of P. communis, and by others to be a hybrid race of P. communis and P. amygdaliformis; Schneider, however, places it as a good species with which he associates other names as synonyms and varieties, and according to his view P. solvifolia, DC. (sage-lvd. pear of the French), is P. nivalis x P. communis. It is not known to be in cult, in this country, but it is to be looked for in arboreta and other collections. Said to be called "snow pear" because the frs. are fit for eating after snow falls.

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Pyrus nivalis, more commonly known as the "snow pear", is a type of pear that grows naturally from south-east Europe to western Asia. It primarily grows in open areas where there is some sun. Like most pears, it produces fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked and has a mild sour taste. The plant usually grows in temperatures slightly below 15° Celsius. The plant itself is very colorful and may grow to a height of up to 10 meters and a width of about 8 meters. It is a very hardy plant that is able to withstand a small supply of water or very high or low temperatures.



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