Pyrus communis 'Moonglow' (Dwarf Pear)

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Pyrus communis, commonly referred to as the common or European pear, is a species of pair tree native to central Europe and the Middle East, from which a large variety of pear cultivars are descended. Pyrus communis typically flowers in the spring, and produces edible fruit.

The 'Moonglow' dwarf cultivar grows to between 8' and 10' tall; though other 'Moonglow' specimens may grow to up to 20' since height for commercial pear trees is dependent on root-stock. Most commercially available pear trees are actually grafted, where the rootstock is chosen for hardiness and tolerance of a wide-variety of soil conditions and ultimately determines the tree's height. In this case, the top half of the 'Moonglow' graft was selected for its tasty fruit and its resistance to fire blight, a common and damaging disease of apple and pear trees.

'Moonglow' begins flowering with 5-petaled white blooms in early to mid spring, and mature fruit set follows by late summer; the early to mid spring window of April and May is important, as pear trees rely on cross-pollination to produce fruit, so at least one nearby pear tree of a different cultivar with a similar bloom window is a necessity -- 'Moonglow' can be used as the pollination partner for a number of other pear species. Pyrus communis flowers are attractive, fragrant, and a valuable food source to butterflies and other pollinators. In the fall, after fruit set, leaves turn to beautiful shades of red and orange, adding further interest.

Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Loam, Rich Organic Matter, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Fragrant, Fruit, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Pollinator Garden, Small Space, and Specimen Tree

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