A legend in bloom

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 8, 2014

A legend in bloom

Sand Pear 1

An opening flower of Pyrus pyrifolia (sand pear) just before the stamens (pollen-producing structure; pinkish in color) reflex and dehisce. Note the slight tinge of red on the margins of the white petals as well.

One of the highlights of the Arboretum’s collections, especially this time year, is a sand pear (Pyrus pyrifolia, 7272*C) on Bussey Hill, which has graced our landscape for more than 100 years. In full flower over the past week, it began as a seed collected by E. H. Wilson in the fall of 1907 in the Chinese Province of Hupeh (now Hubei). A stroll to the Explorers Garden near the top of Bussey Hill to view this specimen is well worth the trip.

Read about the history of this remarkable tree.

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