Pyrus pumila is a small tree to 15 m tall, buds hairy, young twigs wooly-hairy.
Leaves alternate, elliptic, to 10 x 5.5 cm, tip pointed, margin toothed, hairy below, leaf stalks hairy, stout, to 3 cm long.
Flowers pinkish-white, calyx wooly-hairy, styles, hairy above.
Fruit fleshy with cartilaginous, seedy core, round, 2 cm wide or more, impressed at top and base, calyx persistent, stalk hairy. Parent species of some cultivated apples.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Origin: Western Asia, S. Russia
Habitat: Not often naturalized. More often encountered in overgrown orchards or house sites.