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Pear Tree, ‘Asian’

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‘Asian’ pears are round, firm pears that are shaped like an apple, but taste like a pear. As a result, they are sometimes called “apple pears.” Their flesh is firmer than a European pear, but ripe pears are often juicier. This pear tree has delicious, sweet, firm, crisp and very juicy pears. A medium to large, pear with attractive golden-russet skin. Asian pears do not change texture after picking or storage as do European pears such as ‘Bartlett’. They also are called salad pears since they are wonderful when combined with many fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meats! They are a great source of vitamin B and C. One large Asian pear also contains about 30% of your daily fiber intake and helps to promote healthy cholesterol.

‘Asian’ pears have been grown commercially in Asia for centuries. In Japan, tons are grown and some fruit is exported to the United States in October and November. China and Korea also grow these pears for domestic consumption and export to the United States and Canada. Most new Asian pear plantings are in California, Washington, and Oregon. In the last few years, plantings of Asian pears were made in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, France, and the eastern and southeastern United States.

Pears are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are excellent for eating out of hand and in salads. Pears do not contain cholesterol or fat and are low in calories. Pears are an excellent source of potassium and calcium.

Plant Details +

Botanical (Pyrus communis x P. pyrifolia)
Cultivator Type 'Asian'
Common Name Pear, 'Asian'
Height 12-15' or as pruned
Spacing 10-12'
Hardiness Zone 5-9, -10º to -20ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Flower White
Fruit Golden-russet skin
Harvest Late August
Bloomtime Spring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Asian pears can be drought tolerant, but produce more and higher quality fruit with good irrigation. Water your tree once a week until the top two or three inches of soil is completely saturated. If you are using a drip system, five to eight gallons a week should be sufficient.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. The first step in caring for your Asian pear is to select a good location for your tree. Look for a site with deep soil that drains well. Unlike some other fruits, however, Asian pear trees can grow well in clay soils, but may not produce as well or live as long as trees in better training soils. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Planting Conditions: When choosing a site to plant your fruit tree(s), there are several factors to consider. 1. Consider the MATURE SIZE of the tree when picking a location and provide adequate space for the tree to mature. A good rule of thumb is to space trees ½ of their mature spread, i.e., if a tree has a mature spread of 20', plant each tree no closer than 10'. Also, keep this in mind when planting near structures. 2. Fruit trees prefer full sun. Do not plant trees under other shade trees or near tall structures that will cast a shade upon the tree. 3. Plant in well-drained soil. Fruit trees do not like to have "wet feet", in other words, they do not like to be in soils that drain slowly or hold water.