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Does anyone know how to identify whether a seedling is apple or pear? I've been planting apple seeds and pear seeds for years without much success, then all of a sudden these popped up this spring. I know they're either apple or pear, probably pear, but I can't really tell the difference.

Any ideas?
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I know this one is a pear
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I know this one is an apple
 
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No guarantee, but they look like apple to me.
 
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I agree those look like apple seedlings.
 
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Can you by any chance help me know how to tell? I have three pear seedlings and two that I know are apples, and I seriously can't tell the difference between them.
 
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
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Does anyone here know how to tell the difference between a seedling apple and a seedling pear? The only real difference I can see is the bark, and it looks different from both the apple and the pear. I planted both apples and pears here in previous years so it could be either. I haven't planted anything here for about two years.
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2nd year apple (I don't have any new seedlings)
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Pear seedling
 
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My vote is pear, but if you wait long enough you'll know.  Pears growth are more conical in form and apples are rounder, similar to the fruit.
 
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I have Bradford pears popping up everywhere that does not get mowed. The seedling does not look like a bradford pear. It does not look like my Moonglo pear, or my neighbor's mystery pear. It does have similarities with my apple, Gala, Granny Smith, and a mystery apple that was here before I was. I can't quite quantify precisely why I say apple, but it's something about the vein structure and leaf shape.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
 
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The consensus is apple. Thanks!

If anyone can tell me how to tell the difference it would be a huge help in the future.
 
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Apple leaves are a medium greyish green on top with a textured surface and whitish (tomentose) underside. Pear leaves are a bright green, with a smoother surface and less difference between top and bottom. On my trees the apple leaves tend to be bigger.
 
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