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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!


Pear Facts

PRUNING

By nature, the pear tree is tall and columnar when young. The early crops on the third year weigh down the limbs and thus begin the cycle of fruit bearing years. By weighing down or pegging the branches on the first and second years, you can create a strong, earlier bearing pear tree.

ROOTSTOCK Grafted on Calleryana, this rootstock is highly resistant to fireblight. Definitely avoid all dwarfing rootstocks on pears in the South, as most are very susceptible to fireblight.

RIPENING FRUIT For absolutely buttery soft pears, pick your fruit early, when the ground color (not blush) is just starting to lighten from green to yellow. Place fruit in a paper bag to finish ripening for a couple of days. Mmmmmmm!


   Click Here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.

Soft Pear Varieties (Pyrus communis)

Baldwin Pear

Baldwin Pear 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).






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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).

Sorry, not available at this time. 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 Pear

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 Pear 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).


Sug Pear 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).







Tenns Pear 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).

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 Pear 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 Pear 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 Pear HOUSI Pear 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 Pear 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).

Flowering Pears

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.

Sorry, not available at this time. 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).




Just the Facts

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Pears in the Landscape

As the pear tree matures, the weight of the fruit pulls the lower branches down, making the tree look like a beautiful, cascading fountain. Deep, shiny-green leaves offer summertime shade and masses of fragrant white flowers bloom in the spring.

I like pear trees sprinkled lightly through a wilderness area, like where you would find dogwood and crabapples growing in the wild.


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