Pyrus salicifolia

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pyrus salicifolia, Pall. Small tree, often spiny, becoming 30 ft. tall, with gray-tomentose branchlets: lvs. willow-like, 2-3 in. long, (whence the name), linear-lanceolate or lanceolate,mostly tapering toward both ends, entire or very nearly so, hoary beneath: fls. white, in corymbs, short-pedicelled: fr. round-pyriform, short stemmed, yellow or greenish, about 3/4in.diam., the calyx persistent. Caucasus, Armenia. G.C. II. 14:145. G. 34:305.—A showy spring-flowering small tree, hardy in the northern states, and worthy of being better known. Var.pendnla, Hort., has drooping branches. G. 22:649. P. canescens, spach, is perhaps a form or hybrid of P. salicifolia: lvs. lanceolate or narrow-elliptic, about 2 1/2in- long, at apex acute or mucronate, minutely crenulate, sometimes twisted, tomentose.

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