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Know What You Are Planting: Callery Pear

The Callery pear is an ornamental tree popular in the United States. How much do people really know about this pretty tree planted in their gardens?

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  1. The Callery pear is native to North America.

    andersontownship.org
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana, is native to China Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

    Via aibworld.net
  2. What year was the Callery pear first introduced to the United States?

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    1952
    1923
    1909
    1978
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    Wrong!

    The Callery pear was first introduced to the U.S. in 1909 and was later introduced again in 1916.

    Via google.com
  3. Why was the Callery pear introduced in the United States?

    westword.com
    Fight Fire Blight
    Via agrilife.org
    Fight Fire Blight
    Fruit production
    Via sunnysidenursery.net
    Fruit production
    Prevent soil erosion
    Via turfmagazine.com
    Prevent soil erosion
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    Wrong!

    Early in the 1900s, the cultivated pear industry in the U.S. was being devastated by fire blight. The Callery pear was introduced to combat the disease.

    Via ucanr.edu
  4. Which Callery pear cultivar is particularly popular in the U.S. and capable of becoming invasive?

    usatoday.com
    Aristocrat
    Bradford
    Autumn Blaze
    Capital
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    Wrong!

    The Bradford pear is more resistant to fire blight than other cultivars making it particularly popular.

    Via emmitsburg.net
  5. The Bradford cultivar is listed as invasive in all but which of the following states?

    bing.com
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    The Callery pear is on lists of invasive plant species in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and is being watched in states including Tennessee, New York, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.

    Via zazzle.com
  6. How is the Bradford cultivar damaging to an ecosystem?

    wellnessmama.com
    Increases risk of wildfires
    Increases soil erosion
    Outcompetes native plant species
    Carries diseases natives are vulnerable to
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    Wrong!

    The Bradford cultivar outcompetes native species, hinders the establishment of late and middle stage successional species, and provides food for invasive species such as the European starling.

    Via education.wichita.edu

Know What You Are Planting: Callery Pear

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