Randwick City Council has identified a number of remnant native specimen trees, these individual specimens and small groups satisfy the criteria for significant trees and includes the Woody Pear (Xylomelum pyriforme) found in Purcell Park, Australia Avenue.
Randwick City Council’s Significant Tree Register
“The Xylomelum pyriforme is a member of the Proteaceae family and is commonly known as the Woody Pear.
Xylomelum pyriforme is an erect, open shrub that may reach a height of four metres with a two metre spread. The leaves may be entire or toothed, shiny, narrow-elliptical and up to 20 centimetres in length. Young growth is an attractive reddish colour and is similar in shape and colour to young Waratah leaves. Flowers are borne in short, creamy white spikes during spring.
The distinctive fruits are woody, pear-shaped and grey and up to ten centimetres long. Each fruit contains two winged seeds also similar to those of the Hakeas. Both foliage and fruits are interesting features. There are six species and are all native to Australia. Propagation is from seed or cuttings.
Genus and species names refer to the unusual fruits. From the Greek: Xylon is wood and melon a tree fruit. Pyrus is the pear genus and forma means form or shape again referring to the fruit.”