Woody pear trees grow in profusion in the uncleared bushland at my work. The summer view from the potting shed is delightful, snowy white cloaking the brilliant green foliage.
Woody pear grows from Perth to Augusta. On the coastal plain they’re only found south of the Swan River. In 1965 it was collected west of Wanneroo but no longer occurs this far north. 
Scientific name Xylomelum occidentale
Common name Woody pear, Danja
Flowers December – February
Fruit hard, pear shaped and takes several years to mature. Seeds are winged and spiral as they fall. 
Associated wildlife Red capped parrots and Black cockatoos eat the seeds, cracking open the very hard fruit with their strong beaks
Moss growing on the trunk
Bark rough, grey brown and full of character
Resprouts from epicormic shoots 
This trunk was pruned at the fence line and is now resprouting in profusion
Growth habit upright, irregularly shaped tree to 9m 
Cultivation easily grown from seed. At work we collect ripe seed pods and wait for them to dry and open naturally.
The open seed pod looks like angel wings and I’ve used them to make Christmas angel decorations.
Florabase record http://florabase.com/browse/profile/2331
- Powell, Robert (2009) Leaf and Branch: Trees and Tall Shrubs of Perth 2nd ed. DEC: Perth.
- Paczkowska, Grazyna (1995) Xylomelum occidentale WA Herbarium.