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Western Chokecherry vs Loving Pear

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Pyrus Loving

Western Chokecherry
Loving Pear

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.

Loving Pear is a Russian pear variety with a mild sweet flavor and a hint of sour. It is known for being cold hardy and disease resistant. They are green in colour but will transition to have a slightly golden red blush when ripe. With a minimal neck, they have a more rounded appearance.

They ripen in early September. It is recommended that they are harvested as the seeds begin to brown. They can finish ripening after picking. They keep well in cold storage and are suited for fresh eating, juicing, and dehydrating.

The Loving Pear requires a second variety for cross pollination. Some compatible varieties include Krazulya, Golden Spice, and others.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

LOVING PEAR QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Firmness: firm
Flavor: mild, sweet flavor with a hint of sour
Harvest: early September
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: none



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)


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