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Western Chokecherry vs Golden Spice Pear

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Pyrus Golden Spice

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Western Chokecherry
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Western Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree commonly used for farmstead and field windbreaks.

It produces white flowers in the spring and edible dark purple fruit that matures between September and October. Its cherries are great for making for making jams, jellies or wine, but are not very palatable for raw eating.

Golden Spice Pear produces delicious fruit and has other features that make it a striking accent tree. It is one of the few pears that successfully grows on the Canadian prairies. In late August, small, yellow pears with a slight red overlay will ripen and be ready for a variety of needs, including: fresh eating, canning, jams, and baking. They are slightly sweet with a crisp texture. Come fall, the green foliage transitions to orange, red, or burgundy, adding a burst of color to your yard.

Golden Spice Pear requires upkeep to ensure its survival and longevity. Regular pruning is recommended in late winter or early spring to maintain the oval shape and overall health of the tree. An additional pear or apple tree is required within 150 m (500’) for cross pollination and fruit production to occur.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

GOLDEN SPICE PEAR QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Fall colour: burgundy
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Firmness: firm
Flavor: sweet, crisp
Harvest: late august early september
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)


Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: ussurian pear