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Pear Tree, 'Kieffer'

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! Enjoy the taste of fall with a crisp, buttery smooth pear!
Grow delicious 'Kieffer' pears on your very own tree, right outside your door! It has delicious, bright yellow pears for fresh eating as well as desserts, preserves and canning. Enjoy the beautiful blossoms in the spring and you'll be picking your sun-ripened 'Kieffer' pears in late September-October each year. It's rounded habit and glossy green leaves make it exceptional as a landscape tree, as well as for producing flavorful fruit. 'Kieffer' pear tree is known for its hardiness and long life span. It's very hardy but also tolerates hot climates and drought. 'Kieffer' pear trees are a relatively easy species to grow at home; they are largely disease-, pest- and drought-resistant, requiring little significant maintenance during their lifetimes. These trees can grow 4 feet a year and reach 25 feet in height. Careful planting and care can lead to a healthy, long-lasting fruit tree.

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.

Pears require some amount of cold during dormancy to induce their buds to grow and produce vigorous shoots and flowers. Many of the most successful varieties belong to a class of plants termed "low-chill". One of the low-chill fruits available is the 'Kieffer' pear. "Chilling" is achieved at temperatures of 45º or below and is cumulative throughout the period. Typical low-chill varieties require only 400 hours or less at these temperatures, while regular types may need 600 to 1,000 hours or more.

Plant Details +

Botanical (Pyrus communis x P. pyrifolia)
Cultivator Type Pear, 'Kieffer'
Height 15-30' or as pruned
Spacing 15-20'
Hardiness Zone 5-9, -10º to -20ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellow
Harvest Late September-October

General Information +

Tip: An oriental pear with large yellow fruit. The white flesh is crisp, juicy, with a coarse texture. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: It is great for canning, preserves, pies and sauces. Fruits, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 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.