2.5-6 cm long, are almost round, except for a distinct small point
at the tip. The margins are finely toothed or toothless. The young
leaves are hairy, especially beneath, but old leaves are hairless.
The leaf-stalks are often as long as the leaves.
Wild Pear is
large shrub or small tree, up to 15 m tall, with a distinctive grey
or brown bark, which breaks up into small rectangular plates. It
was probably introduced to Britain and subsequently escaped to become
established, usually as isolated specimens, in woods and hedges.
white flowers open in April and have purple anthers
(Crab Apple flowers are pink with yellow
are grey-brown and often thorny below.
The small, hard,
gritty pears do not ripen until November.
pinky-brown wood is used for instrument-making, carving, turning
and for veneers.
The root stock
is used to graft on cultivated varieties, which produce edible
were probably introduced to Europe from W. Asia by the Greeks
and may have reached Britain with the Romans