Pyrus fauriei ‘Westwood’
Family: Westwood Asian Pear
Pyrus fauriei is native to Korea and is a small, wide tree with a dense glossy canopy and good autumn colour. It has 1 cm, inedible, black fruits. Like most pears it has some tolerance of poor drainage and heavy soils and is expected to have some tolerance of drought but, as a new introduction, is not yet fully evaluated under Australian conditions.
‘Westwood’ is a selection of P. fauriei that was made in Oregon and was introduced into Australia by Fleming’s Nurseries. It has a neat habit with good autumn colour and the general tolerances of the species. It should be a useful alternative to the P. calleryana cultivars in spaces that are more restrictive and could be planted under power lines. It can be grown as a standard, or hedged.
Typical mature height: 4m in Melbourne
Useful in: Parks, reserves, streetscapes
Sites for best growth: Widely adapted