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Bare Root Pears
Pear trees have a vertical growth pattern and Asian pears are very similar to European pears. When training your tree, it is possible to spread the branches in a more horizontal pattern by gently staking them. They also make excellent espaliers (see our Gardening Guide article on espaliers). The leaves of the pear tree are a dark shiny green, somewhat smaller than the Asian pear. They produce white blossoms in the spring. Pears prefer well-drained loamy soil, but they can handle heavy soil better than most other fruit trees.
Unlike most other fruit, pears do not ripen well on the tree. Pick them when they are full size but firm. The stem should snap off easily when you hold the pear horizontally to the ground. Store in a cool, dark place till ripe. Bosc, D’Anjou and Comice should be in cold storage (32 to 40 degrees) for a month and then left to ripen at room temperature.
Tennosui Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Thought to be a cross between Tennessee pear and Hosui. Bell shaped. Fruit remains crisp after being cut and is slow to oxidize. Shows resistance to fireblight. Ripens early to mid August. 400 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
4-N-1 Disease Resistant Pear
Warren, Kieffer, Harrow Delight and Blake's Pride (all of these four) grafted onto one tree. Available on OHxF333.
Warren Pear - Semi-dwarf
Excellent quality dessert pear and highly resistant to fireblight. Medium to large, long necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh (no grit cells) is juicy and buttery with superb flavor. Good keeper. Cold hardy to -20 degrees F. Ripens in mid August. 600 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
Southern Bartlett Pear - Semi-dwarf
Variety was discovered on an old Louisiana homestead and is thought to be a chance sport of Bartlett. Tree tends to grow in a spreading pattern. Moderate resistance to fireblight. Ripens early to mid August. 300 to 400 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
Sensation Red Bartlett Pear - Semi-dwarf
High quality Bartlett-like fruit with attractive red skin. Relatively small tree. Ripens mid to late August. 700 hours. Self-fruitful in most of western U.S. Elsewhere, pollenized by Bosc, D'Anjou or other pear. Available on OHxF333.
Seckel (Sugar) Pear - Semi-dwarf
Connoisseur's favorite. Sweet, flavorful, aromatic, spicy pear, perhaps the best. Russetted brown skin. Resists fireblight. One of the most cold hardy. Ripens in August. 500 hours.; full crop 800 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF 333.
Potomac Pear - Semi-dwarf
Moonglow x Buerre D'Anjou. Ripens to a light green. Flesh texture is moderately fine and buttery. Pleasingly subacid flavor with mild aroma. Tree shows more resistance to fireblight than Seckel. Developed by the USDA and Ohio State University. Ripens mid August/September. 800 hrs. Pollenizer required. Available on OHxF333.
Pineapple Pear - Standard
Large, pineapple flavored fruit with russet colored skin. Blooms early. Good resistance to fireblight. Cold hardy to zone 6. Ripens in August. 200 hours. Self-fruitful, but heavier set if pollenized. Available on Pear.
Orient Pear - Semi-dwarf
Beautiful large, nearly round fruit with shiny yellow skin and red blush. Flesh is firm and juicy with mild flavor. Used mainly for canning. Fireblight resistant. Introduced in 1945. Large, vigorous tree, heavy producer. Better with a pollenizer; interfruitful with Kieffer and Moonglow. Ripens in August. 350 hours. Available on OHxF333.
Moonglow Pear - Semi-dwarf
Large fruit, excellent pear for fresh use or canning; stores well. The soft white flesh is moderately juicy, sub-acid, with mild flavor and smooth texture nearly free of grit cells. Skin is brownish green. Productive, spur-type tree is very resistant to fireblight. Mid season harvest; ripens late July/early August. 4-500 hours. Pollenizer required, good pollenizer for other pears. Available on OHxF333.
Monterrey Pear - Standard
Large apple shaped pear with yellow-green skin. Smooth textured, crisp, with high quality, sweet flavored flesh. Vigorous, upright tree is hardy and blight resistant. Ripens August/September. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on Pear.
Kieffer Pear - Semi-dwarf
Medium to large pear with greenish yellow skin blushed red. Flesh is crisp and juicy with sprightly flavor and coarse texture. Stores well. Tree is highly resistant to damage from extreme hot or cold temperatures, also resistant to fireblight. Use for cooking and canning. Dependable crops. Ripens September to October. 2-300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
Hood Pear - Standard
Large, early season pear with smooth, yellow-green skin. Blooms early. Buttery textured flesh has sweet, mild pear flavor. Highly resistant to fireblight and moderately resistant to leaf spot. Ripens late July/early August. 1-200 hrs. Pollenizer required - Flordahome or Pineapple are recommended. Available on Pear.
Harrow Delight Pear - Semi-dwarf
Fireblight resistant with fruit similiar to Bartlett. Yellow skin with attractive red blush. Smooth, fine flesh is especially flavorful. Ripens two weeks before Bartlett. Heavy bearing tree. Interfruitful with Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and Moonglow. 800 hrs. Available on OHxF333.
Flordahome Pear - Semi-dwarf
Low chill pear from Florida. Sweet, smooth textured and juicy. Harvest July/August in southern California. Early bloom. Chill requirement is less than 400 hrs. Best with pollenizer - Hood is recommended, but Pineapple should also work. Avaliable on OHxF333.
D'Anjou Pear - Semi-dwarf
Large, short necked, firm, good quality pear; keeps well. Harvest September 1st, one month after Bartlett. 800 hrs. Pollenized by Bartlett. Available on OHxF333.
Comice Pear - Semi-dwarf
The gift pack pear. Sweet, aromatic, with fine texture, superb flavor and quality - one of the best. Short neck, greenish yellow skin with red blush. Late September/early October harvest. 600 hours. Self-fruitful in most climates of western U.S. or plant with Bartlett. Available on OHxF333.
California Pear - Semi-dwarf
Cross between Max Red Bartlett and Comice. Excellent quality pear; very productive. Yellowish green with red blush. Good pear for hot climates. Ripens over a period of weeks in August; quality improves with storage. 5-600 hrs. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 3599. Available on OHXF333.
Bosc Pear - Semi-dwarf
Long and narrow shape, brown skin. Superb quality pear, one of the best. Harvest mid to late September. Use fresh/cooked. Susceptible to fireblight in warm, moist climates. 5-600 hrs. Pollenized by Bartlett or other pear. Available on OHxF333.
Blake's Pride Pear - Semi-dwarf
A new pear cultivar, similar to Bartlett but with a high degree of resistance to fireblight. The fruit is highly rated for flavor and consistent yield. The aromatic fruit is yellow with some russetting and a buttery texture. 800 hrs. Pollenizer required. Interfruitful with Bartlett, Bosc, Potomac and Harrow Delight. Available on OHxF333
Bartlett Pear - Semi-dwarf
World's most popular pear. Large, golden yellow fruit has smooth skin and classic pear shape. Flesh is white, juicy and smooth with a pleasant touch of tartness. Good fresh, for canning and preserves. High quality fruit tolerates hot summers. Ripens mid August. 5-600 hrs. Self-fruitful in arid west; elsewhere, pollenized by Bosc, D'Anjou, Winter Nelis. Available on OHxF333.