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Fireblight is the limiting factor for Pears in the South. Once fireblight attacks a non-resistant variety, it quickly spreads throughout the tree, blackening and killing to the roots. Fortunately there is a variety of pear that is fireblight resistant. These are the Oriental pears. Oriental pears differ from European pears, like Bartlett and Seckel, in that they remain firm and crispy after you pick them. Some people dislike this, so much effort has been put into breeding varieties that are soft. By breeding the Oriental with the European, several varieties of super soft, blight-resistant pears are now available.
Please note that pear pollinators need to be matched by bloom season. Even self-fertile (or semi-self fertile) pears fruit better with a best friend!
for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.
Soft Pear Varieties (Pyrus communis)
BALDWIN A long ripening, dual purpose variety. Its
large yellow fruit has a slight red blush, and makes both a fine
eating and excellent cooking pear. Ripens in August and September. Pollinate
with CARNES, FLORDAHOME, HOOD, PINEAPPLE or SUG. Zones
8-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
BISCAMP Given to us by Glen Melcher, this old fashion pear recommended for
growing by LSU is hard to find. The Biscamp is a very large pyramidal shaped, green
pear with a smooth skin. When very soft the Biscamp is like a Bartlett in
taste and texture. Also good when firm. The Biscamp appears to be self-fertile in Glenís
orchard, so you only need one tree to produce a crop. Zones 8-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
COURTHOUSE A Just Fruits find! We discovered this
pear growing behind the Wakulla County Courthouse. Having grown
up in Wakulla, I've long admired this tree for its ability to
thrive under absolute street-side adversity and still produce
heavy crops yearly. The fruit is fantastic. Beautiful, thin,
red-blushed soft pears are sweet and juicy. Ripens mid-August. Pollinate
with GOLDEN BOY, KEIFFER, LE CONTE, ORIENT, SOUTHERN BARTLETT or TENNS.
Zones 8A-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in October.
FLORDAHOME Sweet, smooth-textured, juicy and flavorful. Ripens late July. Early
blooming and requiring less than 400 chill hours. Partly self-fruitful, but great planted with Hood in Central Florida. Pollinate
with BALDWIN, CARNES, HOOD, PINEAPPLE or SUG. Zones 8B-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
GOLDEN BOY We discovered this pear at an old homesite
in Wakulla County. Its disease resistance, perfect pear shape, and supersweet flavor enticed us to propagate it. We believe
it is well worth trying. Ripens early-mid August. Pollinate with
COURTHOUSE, KEIFFER, LE CONTE, ORIENT, SOUTHERN BARTLETT or TENNS
Zones 8A-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
HOOD Strong grower that bears large golden-yellow
fruit. Juicy, buttery-soft flesh is excellent for fresh eating.
Ripens mid July. Pollinate with BALDWIN, CARNES, FLORDAHOME, PINEAPPLE or SUG.
Zones 8-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
LECONTE An old North Carolina variety with a beautiful bell shape and pink-blushed golden color, LeConte has a crisp texture
like an Asian pear. Ready to eat when picked, it can be stored for several months. LeConte is an extremely productive
tree with good resistance to fire blight. This pear is referred to in a book printed in 1886 (Florida Fruits and How to Raise Them, by Helen
Warner) as being a ďfine-flavored, juicy aromatic fruit.Ē Incidentally, it was bringing in $5-6 per bushel in Liberty County, Georgia at that time! Ripens mid to late August.
Pollinate with COURTHOUSE, GOLDEN BOY, KEIFFER, ORIENT, SOUTHERN BARTLETT or TENNS. $29.99 3gal(4-5ft).
SOUTHERN BARLETT (x Callahan) This pear has made itís way to us via two avid fruit
collectors Carl Mohrherr of Pace, FL and Travis Callahan of Abbeville , LA.
The South has long needed a pear that can match up with the northern Bartlett.
The Southern Barlett is a juicy, very large pear with tender fine textured flesh.
The shape is similar to the Barlett. A vigorous grower with a spreading shape and gorgeous orange leaves in the Fall.
The Southern Barlett is also know for its early yielding of fruit and plenty of it!
Pollinate with COURTHOUSE, GOLDEN BOY, KEIFFER, LE CONTE, ORIENT or TENNS. Zones 8-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Available in October.
SUG Another Just Fruits find! This one we named Sug
because of the rich, sweet, running-down-your-chin juicy pear that it
is! Beautiful thin-necked fruit. Ripens in August. Pollinate with BALDWIN, CARNES, FLORDAHOME, HOOD
or PINEAPPLE. Zones 8A-9. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in October.
TENNS Last pear to ripen. Thin necked, red-blushed pear is super sweet.
Ripens in early September. Pollinate with COURTHOUSE, GOLDEN BOY, KEIFFER, LE CONTE, ORIENT
or SOUTHERN BARTLETT. Zones 8A-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Hard Pear Varieties (Pyrus communis)
CARNES Called the apple pear. Carnes is sweet and
crunchy, completely free of grit cells, making it the best hard pear
for fresh eating. Ripens in July. Pollinate with BALDWIN, FLORDAHOME, HOOD, PINEAPPLE or SUG.
Zones 8-9B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft). Available in October.
KEIFFER Hard cooking pear with great disease resistance. One of the oldest and toughest varieties.
Great for pear preserves and pear honey. Ripens July-August. Pollinate with
COURTHOUSE, GOLDEN BOY, LE CONTE, ORIENT, SOUTHERN BARTLETT or TENNS. Zones 8-9B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
ORIENT High blight resistence in a great canning and cooking pear. Tough as nails. Ripens late July or early August.
Pollinate with COURTHOUSE, GOLDEN BOY, KEIFFER, LE CONTE, SOUTHERN BARTLETT or TENNS.
Zones 8A-8B. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
PINEAPPLE This is the old-fashioned pear your
Grandmother raised. Tough, hardy and hard to kill. Produces bushels of
hard cooking pears. Ripens early August. Pollinate
with BALDWIN, CARNES, FLORDAHOME, HOOD or SUG. Zones 8-9. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Asian Pear Varieties (Pyrus pyrifolia)
America is just discovering this exotic new
fruit. Unlike soft Pears, the Asians remain firm and are crisp and juicy when
eaten ripe. The flavor is more subtle with hints of pineapple and sweet apple.
Definitely worth growing!
CHOJURO This beautiful golden pear is consistently ranked as one of the best flavored Asian pears. Has the crisp texture of a
good apple, and a marvelous pear flavor sometimes described as like butterscotch. They keep
well in storage for a very long time (reportedly up to six months). Tree is semi-self-fertile,
but as with all Asian pears, yield is increased if
another variety is planted nearby. Ripens in mid August to September.
Pollinate with HOUSI, KOREAN GIANT, SHINKO, SHINSEIKI, or 20TH CENTURY.
450-550 chill hours. Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3gal(4-5ft).
HOUSI A medium-large, golden,
russett-skinned fruit. The taste is crisp like an apple and
very juicy and sweet. Keeps well. Ripens in mid July to August. Pollinate with CHOJURO, KOREAN GIANT,
SHINKO, SHINSEIKI, or 20TH CENTURY. Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
KOREAN GIANT Crispy, juicy and extremely sweet, the Korean Giant is also
very large. When properly thinned, you'll have 1-2 pound pears! Globe shaped with some russetting
of the skin. Ripens in mid September. Pollinate with CHOJURO, HOUSI, SHINKO, SHINSEIKI,
or 20TH CENTURY. Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
SHINKO Large, round, bronze-skinned fruit that's crisp and sweet. Fruit flavor is
especially excellent in hot climates. Shinko is extremely productive and has
excellent fire blight resistance.
Ripens in mid August to September. Pollinate with CHOJURO, HOUSI, KOREAN GIANT, SHINSEIKI,
or 20TH CENTURY. Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
SHINSEIKI Beautiful medium-large, yellow pear with sweet mild and juicy flesh.
Partially self-fertile but bears better with a pollinator. Ripens mid July to August.
Pollinate with CHOJURO, HOUSI, KOREAN GIANT, SHINKO or 20TH CENTURY.
300-450 chill hours. Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
TSU LI Large vigorous trees and a reliable bearer in low
chill areas. Light yellowish-green skinned fruit has a more
European shape than most, with a thick neck. The oyster white flesh
is firm, juicy with a distinct aroma and is
sweet with a slight trace of tartness. Tsu Li also has a long storage life of 6-10 months.
Ripens early September. Pollinate with YA LI.
Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
YA LI A large, bell-shaped pear with a greenish-yellow
skin. Tender white flesh with a sweet-tart flavor. Vigorous, upright
grower. Ripens August to mid September. Pollinate with TSU LI.
Zones 5-9A. $32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
20TH CENTURY A large round yellow fruit that stores well.
Most popular Japanese cultivar that is semi-self fertile but bears better with a pollinator.
Ripens in August. Pollinate with CHOJURO, HOUSI, KOREAN GIANT, SHINSEIKI, or SHINKO. Zones 5-9A.
$32.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
These non-fruiting beauties are landscaper's dreams. Great spring bloom. Summer foliage on an
elegant tree and then the fall color just blows you away.
CLEVELAND SELECT FLOWERING PEAR Tough and beautiful selected variety of a Bradford-type pear. This one is a winner for an elegant focal point or as a specimen tree. Need a dramatic entrance? Line your pathway with these for maximum impact. Zones 5-8. $29.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
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Please come to see us if you can (Wednesday to Sunday, 9:05-5:08). We are located 19 miles south of Tallahassee, just off US Highway 98, 1 mile east of the intersection with US Highway 319 (South of Crawfordville center and actually in the village of Medart). If you need further directions, feel free to call us at 1-850-926-5644 or enter 30 Saint Frances St. Crawfordville FL 32327 (or Just Fruits Nursery) into Google Maps ( CLICK HERE).