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Pears


(European Varieties)

Ayers - An old Southern favorite, also called Sugar Pear.  Fruit yellow with a red blush.  Flesh smooth and melting, very sweet.  The tree is vigorous, upright and fireblight resistant.  Self-fruitful, but fruit set helped by cross pollination. Ripens July.  5-Gal., 5-7' tree. $32.00

Bartlett
- The old standard (left), wonderful flavor, ripens 3rd week of August. Self fruitful.   Pollinate with another European pear other than Seckel to increase fruit set. Bosc and D'Anjou are the best pollinators.  4-6' 2-yr. branched tree. $28.00 


D'Anjou – Late-season pear, light green skin does not change to yellow when ripening. Fine texture flesh, juicy and rich. Ripens mid-September, keeps well. Tree very hardy, bears early, blight resistant. Good pollinator for Bosc, Bartlett or Seckel. 5-6', 2-yr. tree. $28.00

Kieffer Pear --  Large, long, golden yellow fruit with crimson blush.  Named for Peter Kieffer of Philadelphia, 1863.  Probably a cross of Bartlett and Chinese Sand pear.  Crisp, juicy, coarse textured, white flesh with musky aroma.  Excellent for canning and baking.  Hardy, vigorous tree bears young, crops dependably.  Very blight resistant.  Tolerant of hot climates, grows well over the entire country.  Ripens mid-September to mid-October.  Hardy Zones 4-9.  Pollinate with  Potomac, Moonglow, D’Anjou.  5-6' tree. Sold Out 


Moonglow - Extra large pear, yellow with a slight red blush. Very smooth flesh, juicy, excellent mild flavor. Great for fresh eating, cooking or canning. Good resistance to fire blight. Ripens mid-August, a week or so before Bartlett.  Pollinate with Kieffer.  Zones 5-9. 5 Gal. Sold Out


Potomac - The Potomac pear is a Moonglow x Beurre D’Anjou cross which has a pleasingly subacid buttery flavor, and is similar to the Beurre D’Anjou in character. The fruit size is modest, but the pear is great for fresh-market or for commercial growers and homeowner, combining superior fire blight resistance with good-quality fruit. Ripens mid-September.  Pollinate with Bartlett or Warren.  5-6', 2-yr. tree. $28.00


Seckel - Introduced from Europe 1790, commonly called “Sugar Pear,” a connoisseur's delight. Small yellowish-brown fruit, takes on a dull red blush when ready to harvest. Fine-grained smooth, extremely sweet. Distinctive spicy, rich flavor. A very productive tree, blight resistant, easy to grow. Pollinate with D'Anjou or Bosc, but not Bartlett or Red Bartlett. Ripens early September.  5-6', 2-yr. tree. $28.00



(Asian Varieties)

Hosui – Asian pear. Solid russet. Mild flavor, sweet, juicy. Vigorous and spreading. Requires thinning to maximize fruit size. Ripens first of September. 5-6', 2-yr. tree. Sold Out

Korean Giant - Asian pear. Very large brown fruit, average size over one pound!. Excellent, distinctive flavor; juicy, sweet, crisp flesh. Exceptionally vigorous. Ripens October, stores well into March. Pollinate with Bartlett, or Shinseiki. 5-6', 2-yr. tree. Sold Out

Shinseiki - Asian pear, medium to large. Little russet. Crisp, white, high-quality flesh; mild, sweet flavor. Ripens late August early September. 5-6', 2-yr. tree. Sold Out




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