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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked[1][2][3][4][5]. The fruit is quite small, about 15mm in diameter[6].

Leaves - cooked[4][5]. Flowers[1][5]. Dried, powdered and made into cakes[4].

The dried leaves are used to make tea[4].

Flowers

Fruit

Leaves

Unknown part

Tea

Material uses

This species has long been used as a rootstock for the cultivated pears by the Chinese[7], it is recently also being used as a rootstock in N. America and in Europe[5][6].
There are no material uses listed for Pyrus betulaefolia.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are used in the treatment of cholera, colic and cramps[8]. The cooked fruit is used to treat mucous diarrhoea[8].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

Rootstock

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 - 10 weeks cold stratification at 1°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[6]. Temperatures over 15 - 20°c induce a secondary dormancy in the seed[6]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.

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Cultivation

Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun[6]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile[6]. Established plants are drought tolerant[6].

Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[6].

A fast growing tree[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Pyrus betulaefolia. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Pyrus betulaefolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Pyrus betulaefolia
Genus
Pyrus
Family
Rosaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.11.2 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.4 Reid. B. E. Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre (1977-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.5 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  6. ? 6.006.016.026.036.046.056.066.076.086.096.10 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.2 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
  9. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)


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Article is incompleteYes +
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Belongs to familyRosaceae +
Belongs to genusPyrus +
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Has binomial namePyrus betulaefolia +
Has common nameBirch-Leaved Pear +
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Has edible useUnknown use + and Tea +
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Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has hardiness zone5 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has mature height7.5 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
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Has shade toleranceLight shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
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Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
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Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
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