Plant ID forum: Wild or native fruiting shrub

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 20, 2014 5:57 PM CST

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Does anyone know what this is? When it bloomed in the spring it looked just like a pear or plum blossom (unfortunately I didn't get a photo). It's growing out in a little hill just up from our bottomland.



Livy
Jul 20, 2014 7:34 PM CST
Might be a persimmon?
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jul 21, 2014 4:26 AM CST
It resembles Pyrus calleryana, some leaves look a little different but on the Forestry Images site the leaf venation is very similar.

http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=54789...

http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?...
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 21, 2014 7:00 AM CST

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Wow, you're right Janet. I really wasn't expecting this to be Callery Pear but I'm certain that it is. This is an introduced and invasive species that is found in much of the south, including Texas. I'm going to mow it down next time I'm out there with my shredder. Thanks for the ID. Thumbs up

More reading:

http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/pyca.htm
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 21, 2014 7:11 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

The different genotypes will explain leaf variations!

if the plant produces shoots from the rootstock (which it often does), then these shoots and the graft can pollinate one another. Thus, the Bradford pear cultivar is one of several cultivars (varieties) of Callery pear capable of spreading and being invasive.


Once more a story of an invasive species due to a wish to control a disease, or as has often happened, another invasive creature.

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