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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 that we find in the U.S. are Japanese varieties which are round. 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 and Kikusui 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.
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. Zones 5 to 10. 3-400 hours. Self-fruitful or pollenized by Shinseiki, Bartlett or other pear or Asian pear. Available on OHxF333.
Shinko Asian Pear - Semi-dwarf
Late blooming and late ripening with excellent quality. Large, juicy, sweet, crisp, flavorful russet type Asian pear with greenish or golden brown skin. Variety most resistant to fireblight. Bears very young and then heavily every year; best with thinning. Ripens in September; keeps well. Zones 5 to 9. 450 hours. Pollenized 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 second year; high yields. Zones 5 to 10. 250-300 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.