Nothing says winter in San Diego like the annual full bloom of the Evergreen Pear Trees (Pyrus kawakamii). These lovely white blossomed trees can be found in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama–adjacent to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Mingei Museum–and framing the Fountain Plaza between the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The trees are not really “evergreen”, according to Crystal Ritchie, Balboa Park Horticulturist, since they lose their leaves briefly in winter, and in the fall are decked out in delightful bursts of yellow and orange foliage. But it is the brief and stunning winter bloom that captivates visitors to Balboa Park. (click on the image at left for a close up view)
Hurry down for a look! The bloom season will end in early February, barring heavy rain or high winds.
–Debbie Petruzzelli, Public Relations Manager, Balboapark.org
(photos courtesy of Richard Benton)