Pyrus communis! Pears have had a long history in the UK dating back to the Roman occupation. Starting around the 13th century many different types of pear trees were imported leading to the Warden pear being bred in the 14th century which was mentioned in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”.
P. communis is another member of the Rosaceae family, producing white flowers in small clusters which are up to three centimetres in diameter and can live up to 250 years. Fruit trees, such as P. communis are a valuable source of nourishment to wildlife and the flowers are a popular source of food for bees with many species of caterpillars living in the foliage.
- Fruit (raw or cooked)
- Fruits from P. communis are astringent, sedative and febrifuge
- Leaves can be made into a yellow/tan dye
- Wood is often used by instrument and cabinet makers
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