Also called European pear.  Part of rose  family Rosaceae in apple / berry / buckthorn / elm / hemp / rose  order Rosales.

Native to central and eastern 🇪🇺 Europe, and into southwest Asia. Invasive > in USA

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Pears are the summer host for fungal disease trellis rust (TR)  Gymnosporangium sabinae (.pdf).   Which then transfers to nearby juniper  genus Juniperus as the winter host.  Then back again!  So in areas that may have this disease, do not plant these two hosts within 300 m (1000 ft) of each other!

In the 🇺🇸 USA, a knowledgeable person suggested those seeking an ornamental pear replacement replace this plant with native alternative linden trees American basswood  Tilia americana or ◼︎ white basswood  Tilia heterophylla.

Learn more about 🍐︎ common pear Pyrus communis

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