Identify this Tree Pleas


Two of these were planted in a food plot about 5years ago by the guy that owned the property before us. I thought it was some sort of crab apple but it's never done anything. It's also growing thorns...never heard of a fruit bearing tree growing thorns. Let me know




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Looks like a wild pear. Guy probably planted pear trees that the graft died and the rootstock grew. Not crabapple.
I know the ohxf 97 rootstock has thorns but think the fruit gets bigger. Try grafting a pear scions or two onto next year.
Could it be possible that it is some type of wild pear? Just a guess but I have heard of all types of weird wild pears. I saw a pic somewhere of wild pears that the fruit looked more like crab apples than anything. I have been trying to learn more about wild pears since pears seem harder for me to kill

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Native hunter will the old defunct name this plant forum he answered 99% of the questions.

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Hey thanks guys, it looks like an improved pear from the leaves and shape of the tree, but never putting out fruit...between that and the thorns it has me puzzled. I don't remember pears having thorn like protrusions from the limb. They were staked when they were planted so it seams some one planted them there on purpose, which could rule out the wild pear potentially...Hopefully Native can shed some light

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I think it's rootstock that survived when the grafted pear scion top killed. The rootstock is hardier than the graft.
Yeah like brush said some rootstocks are thorny. Also some people initially plant wild pear seedlings hoping to get a full sized tree with small nickel to ping pong sized fruit
Here is an example of a Bradford pear or flowering pear seedling. It has the thorns similar to your pic and is often used as a standard rootstock for pears.

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Hey guys, I think Neahawg has nailed it.

Some hawthorns have leaves that look very similar to pear leaves in a picture, but others look nothing like them. I would need to see the leaf edges better, but I think Neahawg is right that this is a pear.

Many fruit bearing trees have thorns - especially "wild" varieties. The fruits of these species can look very similar too. Wild Crabapples commonly have thorns as well..

Wild pears can be almost any size - from tiny like a Bradford - to large like a cultivated variety - to somewhere in between. It depends on the parents. Pollination can come from a tree a great distance away, so anything is possible.

I have a wild (and thorny) pear that came up in a fence row. It has pears that are about golf ball size. I also have one that came back from a rootstock that has tiny little pears like a Bradford. Both have thorns.

Below is a picture of the one in the fence row. These pears are not fit for human consumption. They fall every year the first week in November, and within 2 week the ones that aren't eaten are rotted to the point they will just fall apart when touched.

I had a member of the other forum send me some wild pear tree seeds. They are 3 years old now and have thorns. Once they start producing I will decide whether I want to graft or not. But that definitely looks like a wild pear tree
I think you guys are right, I thought it was some kind of pear what research I had done. So it sounds like my only option to make it produce is to chop it in half and graft it? Never done that before but I have trolled in those threads!

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