Le Conte pear

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Fruit of the Le Conte pear
(watercolor from USDA)
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Hybrid parentage Pyrus hybrid P. x lecontei
P. communis x P. pyrifolia
Cultivar 'Le Conte'
Origin Georgia, 1856 (Rehder)

The Le Conte pear is a deciduous pear tree growing to 8m. It is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by insects. The fruit is edible raw or cooked. The flesh resembles that of the Asian pear. The fruit can be eaten as soon as it is picked, and can store for several days to several months. It is usually cooked in pies and preserves. The fruit is up to 8cm long and 5cm wide. The pear is named after John Eatton Le Conte, who introduced it to Georgia in 1856.

Le Conte pear, from The Pears of New York (1921) by Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick

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