and Pear (Pyrus)
- Leaves on native species
are small, alternate, and pointed. May be unlobed or have several
lobes on the same leaf.
- Fruit is a pome (apple) and varies in size by
species; typically very small on native species.
- Leaves commonly borne on spur shoots.
- Some call apples Malus and pears Pyrus.
Apples and pears are commonly - but not always - grouped into the same
genus because their fruits are so similar. While both are easy to recognize
from their flowers and fruits, they are more difficult to recognize
from just their leaves. In addition, wild apples and pears commonly
have different leaves from their relatives that we find in orchards
Although apples and pears are grown throughout
Oregon for ornamental and commercial purposes, only one species is
native to Oregon,
western crab apple - the rest have
more information on the apple native to the Pacific Northwest, go
to the species page or see "Trees
to Know in Oregon".
by common name trees
by scientific name dichotomous
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