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White pear

Apodytes dimidiata

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This rather small, bushy tree is an excellent choice for the home garden with non-messy fruit and roots that do not disturb foundations or paved areas. As this tree is very difficult to identify, the best identifying characteristics of Apodytes dimidiata are its petiole and young terminal branchlets which are a unique reddish colour. The white pear is a protected tree in South Africa and one of the best-known​ forest trees in southern Africa.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds can be harvested once ripe in winter.

Propagation

Seed
Easily propagated but may take up to 6 months to germinate. Seeds sown in late Winter or early Spring in well-drained, enriched soil.

Special features

Attracts birds
Blackeyed Bulbul, Rameron Pigeon, Redwinged and Glossy Starlings, Guinea Fowl and Pied Barbets.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies attracted by the smell of their flowers.
Hedge plant
They prune well so can be grown as dense, screening hedges.

Geography

Origin
Africa. South Africa, Kenya.
Natural climate
Temperate, coastal.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Landscaping
This is a nice shade tree to be planted in areas next to the swimming pool. The root system will not lift up paving and foundations. The fruits are not fleshy and therefore cause no mess on paved areas.

Personality

Family
Icacinaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally resistant to local pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Under-plant with shade loving plants.

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