#9 Hybrid Mountain Ash or Jerusalem Pear (Sorbus domestica hybrids)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:55 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:15 AM ]

Hybrid Mountain Ash or Jerusalem Pear

European relatives of the apple. Trees are drought, disease and pest resistant. Burbank doubled the size of the fruit, which resembles tiny pears borne in large clusters, but died (1926) before developing its delectability.

Fruit must be ripened off the tree (bletted) to be edible; bright, beautiful colors in fall.

This site is slightly to the west behind the barn. Sorbus just to left of Docent in white hat. Note the trees planted in a

north-south row as were all the plantings on GRF. Ripe Sorbus in Fall below.

Sorbus is beautifully colored in autumn.Note the fruit about the size of small plums hanging in dense clusters.