Pyrus kawakamiiItem #6928 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Prized flowering tree in mild climates. One of the key attributes is its glossy evergreen foliage. Also makes an excellent espalier for training on walls. May be briefly deciduous in coldest winters.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PY-rus ka-wa-KAM-eePlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 15 to 30 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early springFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasUse the glossy foliage of this tree to its fullest advantage by displaying it in an espaliered form. Or leave it in its natural form as a striking small tree with a rounded crown.Companion PlantsYankee Point Carmel Creeper (Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point') is a good low-growing companion with its deep blue flowers. Or try the taller and more intense blue of Concha California Lilac (Ceanothus x 'Concha'). A nearby planting of Pink Splendor Mirror Plant (Coprosma repens 'Pink Splendor') with its pink, green and yellow leaves is a perky addition.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This tree common in California gardens is classified with all the other edible fruits such as the apple in the family Rosaceae. Linnaeus named the genus to contain the trees native to Eurasia and North Africa, which are mostly orchard fruits. This species is native to the island of Taiwan and was classified by the Japanese botanist Bunzo Hayata, 1874-1934. He named it for another Japanese horticulturist, Takiya Kawakami 1871-1915 who likely developed it as a horticultural cultivar granted its own species.Lore:The classical Latin name of these trees is pyrus which translates directly to "fire", describing their vulnerability to the disease fire blight.