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Bare Root Asian Pears
The Asian pear is often called “pear apple” although it is not a cross between an apple and a pear. Rather, it is the descendant of two Asian species of pear. The fruit is sweet and juicy, often described as refreshing. Most of the species we find in the U.S. are the Japanese variety which are round. We also carry the Chinese varieties, Tsu Li and Ya Li, which are shaped like the European pear. They also require very few chill hours and pollenize each other. Most Asian pears do not require as many hours of cold as the European pears, but they can withstand frost.
Asian pears are somewhat less susceptible to the bacterial disease fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) which can be a problem for European pears. Certain varieties such as Shinko, Kikusui, Tsu Li and Ya Li exhibit more resistance. This disease is more prevalent in certain parts of the country; check with your local ag or horticultural experts if you are in doubt about your area. Coddling moths can also be a problem. They attack apples and European pears as well. Pheromone traps can be useful indicators of their presence and, thus, the most beneficial time to spray. An important deterrent is a thorough cleanup in the fall. Be sure to remove all old fruit and leaves on the ground.
4-N-1 Asian Pear
Chojuro, Hosui, Shinseiki and 20th Century (these four varieties) grafted onto one tree. Available on OHxF333.
20th Century ('Nijiseiki') Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Medium sized Asian pear with smooth, thin skin and excellent quality. Juicy, sweet, with mild flavor; crisp like an apple when ripe. Easy to grow. Medium sized upright tree bears heavily; best to thin. Late bloom. Ripens in early to mid August; keeps well. 3-400 hrs. Self-fruitful or pollinated by Shinseiki, Bartlett or other pear or Asian pear. Available on OHxF333.
Chojuro Asian Pear - Standard
Medium sized Asian pear with thick, russetted, golden brown skin. Aromatic, crisp, firm, with very sweet flavor. Late bloom. Resistant to alternaria, black spot, scab. Ripens in mid Aug. with heavy yields. 450 hrs. Pollinated by Hosui, Shinko or other pear. Available on Betula.
Hosui Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Large, top quality fruit; high scoring in taste tests; perhaps the tastiest Asian pear. Juicy, very sweet, flavorful, refreshing, low acid. Brownish orange skin, russet type. Blooms late, ripens early to mid Aug. 3-400 hrs. Pollinated by Shinko, Chojuro, Bartlett or 20th Century. Available on OHxF 333.
Kikusui Asian Pear - Standard
Medium sized, juicy, sweet, crisp Asian pear with smooth, greenish yellow skin. Superb fresh eating, one of the best. Easy to grow. High yields, keeps well. Blooms late. Ripens mid August. Resistant to fireblight. 450 hrs. Partly self-fruitful or pollinated by Ishiiwase, 20th Century or other. Available on Betula.
Seigyoku Asian Pear - Standard
Large, sweet, flavorful, crisp, juicy Asian pear with smooth yellow skin. Best eating quality; high yields. Late bloom; blooms after Shinseiki and 20th Century but ripens in early to mid Aug., a few days earlier than 20th Century. 500 hrs. Partially self-fruitful or pollinated by Kikusui, 20th Century or Bartlett. Available on Betula.
Shinko Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Late ripening (Sept./Oct.) and excellent quality. Large, juicy, sweet, crisp, flavorful russet type Asian pear with greenish or golden brown skin. Late blooming. Variety most resistant to fireblight. Bears very young and then heavily every year; best with thinning. Ripens in Sept.; keeps well. 450 hrs. Pollinated by Hosui, Chojuro, Kikusui, Bartlett. Available on OHxF333.
Shinseiki Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Juicy, sweet, mild, medium sized Asian pear with smooth, thin, bright yellow skin. Easy to grow. Keeps well. Harvest late July/early August. Vigorous, precocious, usually bears in 2nd year; high yields. 250-300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
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. Thought to be resistant to fireblight. Ripens early to mid August. 400 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
Tsu Li Asian Pear - Standard
Medium to large pear shaped Asian pear, yellow-green Chinese variety. Fruit is juicy and crisp with mild, excellent flavor, smooth skin; keeps up to 8 months. Early bloom, pollenizer for Ya Li in warm winter climates. Vigorous tree; resistant to fireblight. Harvest in September with Ya Li. 300 hrs. Ya Li is required for pollination. Available on Betula.
Ya Li Asian Pear - Standard
Known as Chinese Fragrant Pear. Pear shaped, greenish yellow Asian pear with smooth skin. Large, tender, very juicy, crisp, moderately sweet; refreshing with excellent quality. Highly productive. Keeps well. Ripens in September. Early blooming, vigorous tree is resistant to fireblight. 300 hrs. Tsu Li is required for pollination. Available on Betula.
Yoinashi Asian Pear - Standard
Light to golden brown russet skin. Flesh has a sweet flavor and a finer texture than most Asian pears. Harvest in late August. 3-400 hours. Pollenizer required - any Asian pear will work. Available on Betula.