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var. culta (Mak.) Nakai

P. sinensis var. culta Mak

Numerous orchard varieties of P. pyrifolia are cultivated in China and Japan, with larger, softer fruits and usually with larger, relatively broader leaves. For these var. culta is the collective name. Some of these varieties were introduced to the United States in the first half of the last century, and, crossed with European sorts, gave rise to a race of hybrids for which the botanical name is P. × lecontei Rehd., of which the type is the variety ‘Leconte’. These hybrids are better adapted to the climate of the southern states than the European orchard varieties.


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