These Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakamii) are popular street trees in Los Angeles. I notice on my walk today that those along Van Nuys Blvd were beginning their yearly bloom. They don’t produce any fruit, but when the petals fall in a stiff breeze it almost looks like it is snowing — which is really odd when it is 80 degrees outside.

Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakami)


Prized flowering tree in mild climates. One of the key attributes is its glossy evergreen foliage. Also makes an excellent espalier for training on walls. May be briefly deciduous in coldest winters.

Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakami)Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakami)

Japanese Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakami)

Additional photo of Pyrus Kawakamii from 2007:

Flowering Trees in LA

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