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Almond-leaved Pear Pyrus amygdaliformis (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 6m. Small tree. BARK Rough and scaly. BRANCHES Often dense and sparsely spiny with greyish, woolly young twigs. LEAVES To 8cm long, usually lanceolate with a sparsely toothed margin. Young leaves are downy, but full-grown leaves are shiny above and slightly downy below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS White flower clusters open with the leaves. Thick-stalked fruits are rounded, to 3cm across, ripening dark yellow. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of SE Europe; planted here occasionally.
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