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A deciduous tree 40 to 50 ft high; young shoots warted, nearly or quite glabrous, turning purplish brown the second year, often long and unbranched especially in var. ovoidea. Leaves roundish ovate to obovate-oblong, 2 to 4 in. long, rounded or slightly cordate at the base, abruptly narrowed to a short, slender point, margin beautifully, finely and regularly bristle-toothed; glabrous or nearly so; stalk slender, 1 to 21⁄4 in. long. Fruit globose on a very stout stalk, greenish yellow, 1 to 11⁄2 in. across, hard and inedible; calyx persistent.
Native of N.E. China, Korea, and the Ussuri region of the Russian Far East; introduced about 1865. This pear flowers very freely at Kew in late April and is then a very distinct and handsome tree.
P. hondoensis Nakai & Kikuchi
P. ovoidea Rehd