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Jul 20, 2014 5:57 PM CST
|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.|
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.|
Jul 21, 2014 7:00 AM CST
|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. |
Jul 21, 2014 7:11 AM CST
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.