The city has planted Evergreen Pear (Pyrus kawakamii) around Davis because of properties that make it attractive as a city maintained tree:

  • It grows to a well-proportioned height of 15 to 30 feet and no taller
  • Its roots won't lift the sidewalk
  • It retains most of its leaves throughout the year (harsh winters make it go somewhat deciduous)
    • If leaves don't fall off during the winter, nobody has to sweep them out of the street
  • Its small, white flowers look nice from a distance.

The leaves are medium-sized, bright green and glossy, and the bark is dark brown and coarse. Shooters are a bit of a problem, and require some maintenance now and then.

It has been dubbed by some Cumbleberry Trees for the semen like smell it exudes.