No, there are no native species of pears in Michigan. Pear trees (Pyrus spp.) are not native to North America but are believed to have originated in Europe and Asia. The cultivated pear varieties we commonly see today are derived from the European pear (Pyrus communis) and the Asian pear (Pyrus pyrifolia). However, pears are not considered invasive nor are they a threat to our native fruit trees.
Throughout history, humans have cultivated and propagated pear trees, bringing them to different parts of the world, including North America. While pear trees are not native to Michigan, they have been successfully grown in the state and other regions of the United States for centuries.
Michigan’s climate and growing conditions are suitable for many fruit trees, including pear trees, which is why various pear varieties are cultivated in the state. These trees thrive in Michigan’s moderate climate and are enjoyed by many as a popular fruit tree for home gardens, commercial orchards, and landscapes.