Cydonia oblonga


This large shrub is a member of the rose family. It is an ideal plant for a wildlife garden with flowers for pollinators and large, pear-shaped fruit in the autumn. It is not native to the UK but has been grown here for hundreds of years. The fruits can be eaten, usually after cooking, but contain seeds which are poisonous.

How to identify

The branches look gnarled with dark green, oval leaves which are pale grey and hairy underneath. Flowers are pink or white with five petals. The large fruit are golden/green and very fragrant when ripe.

Where to find it

Gardens and orchards throughout the UK


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts recognise the importance of healthy habitats to support all kinds of species, so are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. You can help too: encourage wildlife in your garden by planting fruit trees and flower-rich borders. To find out more about gardening for wildlife, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Cydonia oblonga
Trees and shrubs
Up to 4m tall, flowers 5cm, fruit up to 500g
Conservation status
Least concern