On the Pyrus lawn to the south west corner of the garden is Pyrus korshinskyi. Registered in the Tree Register of the British Isles as a champion tree, it was last measured in 2004 at 8 metres height with a trunk girth of 1.26 metres. This is one of several specimens to be given champion status in the collection at Inverleith.
The ornamental pears are truly magnificent in blossom and this specimen excels in expectation. A deciduous tree that is sending out fresh leaf but this is overwhelmed by the profusion of blossom terminating the shoots.
The leaf petiole is tinged red matching in with the tight bud colour. As development continues the 5 petals become pure white which contrast with the vermillion red anthers. In the centre of the flower is the split stigma, three pin like points triangulating away from each other.
The bark is deeply and attractively fissured from the trunk into the mature and extensive branch framework.
Go now to appreciate this venerable addition to the garden.