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Pyrus Nivalis ‘Snow Pear’


The snow pear is grown for its stunning spring display of flowers, its fine silvery new foliage and brilliant red autumn colours.


In spring the Snow Pear is adorned with masses of small, single white flowers which are a real sight!

The new leaves and stems are covered in fine hairs, which create a soft , delicate effect. The silvery grey foliage sets this pear apart from the other pear varieties and will add a lovely colour contrast in the garden. The older leaves are a glossy dark green. In autumn the leaves take on a vibrant red colour and create a beautiful display.


Flowers are followed by small sized fruits, which are edible, but have a sour taste.


A medium sized deciduous tree, that will naturally attain a well-balanced shape. When young, the Snow Pear is a pyramidal in shape, attaining a nice round shape with age. Snow Pear is very versatile within landscapes and lends itself well to avenue plantings, the dense foliage makes this a lovely small shade tree and a lovely feature tree.


If you are interested in an alternative tree with similar silvery foliage, but a narrow, columnar growth habit, the ornamental Crabapple ‘Tschonoskii’ is a perfect choice.


Tree Size: 8 m high x 5 m wide


Position and Care:

Snow Pear trees will perform at their best when planted in full sun, to part shade.


These pears prefer well-drained, moist and fertile soils, but are very tolerant of a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. Once they are established, these trees are very hardy and reasonably drought tolerant, however they will benefit from deep watering during dry periods to grow and look their best.


Fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser in spring for the best results.

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