Woody Pears are from the genus Xylomelum, and are part of the Proteaceae family. Xylomelum pyriforme is native to the eastern states of Australia, while the Western Woody Pear, Xylomelum occidentale is native to Western Australia.
Both the flowers and the fruits of Woody Pear can be used in cut flower arrangements. The flowers bloom in spring and are creamy white in colour, but with rusty hairs that can give them a pink to red look. These inflorescent flowers, which share similar characteristics to other plants in their family, such as Grevilleas, are spike shaped and can be up to 8cm in length.
Woody Pears are rarely cultivated, as it can take up to 20 years for them to bear fruit.
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