Pears & Asian Pears

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20th Century Asian Pear: Juicy, sweet, mild flavored fruit is crisp like an apple. Keeps well. Easy to grow, heavy bearing small tree. Chill requirement is 300 to 400 hours and ripening time is August 8 to 23 here in the valley. This variety is partially self fruitful, but will set a heavier crop if pollinated by Shinseiki Asian Pear.

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Blake's Pride: This yellow and light-golden pear was developed in Kearneysville, WV. Resistant to fire blight. Ripens 10-14 days after Bartlett. Pollenated by Bartlett, Harrow Delight or Warren. 800 hours. USDA Zones 5-9. Only available in a multi grafted tree for the 2022 season.

Harrow Delight: This gem of a tree produces fruit similar to a Bartlett, however, the Harrow Delight is fireblight resistant.  With its blushed, yellow skin, the fruit is smooth and fine with great flavor. It is an early-midseason to midseason bloomer with harvests as early as late July. Harrow Delight requires 800 chill hours for maximum production.  It is interfruitful with Barlett, Bosc, D'Anjou, and Moonglow pears and does require a pollenizer. Fireblight disease is a problem for pear producers in the Central Valley, and gardeners are encouraged to only plant Fireblight-resistant varieties like Harrow Delight, Moonglow, and Warren. Only available in a multi grafted tree for the 2022 season.

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Kieffer: Medium to large late season fruit for canning and cooking. Sprightly flavor, coarse texture. Resists fire blight, tolerates hot climates. Dependable crops. This variety requires 200 to 300 hours of chill and ripens September 15 to October 10 here in the valley. No pollinator is required as it is self fruitful. Only available in a multi grafted tree for the 2022 season.

Moonglow: Moonglows produce large, firm fruit excellent for canning or eaten fresh.  The spur-type tree is very productive offering midseason blooming and harvests as early as mid-July.  Moonglow trees require far fewer chill hours than most pears coming in around 400 to 500 hours.  It does require a pollenizer, but makes a good pollenizer for other pear trees. Consider planting more than one or with other pear varieties like Harrow Delight.  Moonglow pear trees are fireblight resistant. Fireblight disease is a problem for pear producers in the Central Valley, and gardeners are encouraged to only plant Fireblight-resistant varieties like Harrow Delight, Moonglow, and Warren. Only available in a multi grafted tree for the 2022 season.

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Shinseiki Asian Pear: Juicy, sweet, refreshing, crisp like an apple. Easy to grow. Keeps well. Bright yellow skin. Vigorous, heavy bearing (usually by 2nd year). Chill hours needed are 250 to 300 and ripening time is July 25 to August 10 here in the valley. This variety is self fruitful.

Warren:  Warren Pear trees are an excellent choice for Central Valley gardeners looking to plant pear trees.  The tree is highly fireblight resistant and requires only 600 chill hours.  The fruit of the tree is smooth and juicy with a sweet, buttery flavor.  It makes a wonderful dessert pear.  It is a late-midseason bloomer with harvests beginning in early August.  The tree is self-fruitful and does not require a pollenizer. Fireblight disease is a problem for pear producers in the Central Valley, and gardeners are encouraged to only plant Fireblight-resistant varieties like Harrow Delight, Moonglow, and Warren. Only available in a multi grafted tree for the 2022 season.