Asian Pears are so very sweet and so juicy that the juice will run down your chin when you crunch into one.
Here is an exotic fruit that thrives in our maritime climate and throughout most of the nation. Each variety has a different mixture of subtle flavors and its effect on the palate is unique and quite special. Each variety is very sweet and so juicy that the juice will run down your chin when you crunch into one. Unlike most European pears, the fruit ripens on the tree. Our trees are on dwarfing Old Home x Farmingdale rootstocks.
Hardiness: On our OHxF rootstocks USDA Zones 5-9.
Sun or shade: Best in full sun.
Plant spacing: 15 feet
Harvest time: August through October. Pick ripe right from the tree.
Origin: China, Korea and Japan.
Size at maturity: Can be maintained at 12 to 15 feet.
Life expectancy: 50 years or more.
Years to first fruit: 2-3
Yield: 40-60 pounds per tree.
How to Grow
Soil requirements: Good garden loam is preferred. Trees can tolerate heavy wet soils.
Pruning: Generally train as you would a European pear or an apple, with certain modifications. See "Tree Owners Manual" that comes with order.
Pollination: Select two varieties for pollination. All are considered to be good pollinizers. For best results, rely on early bloomers to pollinize each other. Mid to late season bloomers will pollinate each other. In warm climates, Shinseiki is among the varieties reported to be partially self-fertile. The latest third of the Asians will often overlap bloom and pollinize with the first third of the European pear bloomers.
Cultural requirements: Mulch as with other fruit trees.
Thinning: Trees tend to overbear. Thinning fruit to one pear per cluster is very important in order to have large fruit. Regular irrigation while the fruit is sizing will insure production of large juicy fruit and a healthy growing tree.
Pests: In the Northwest where the disease "Pseudomonas" is a problem, prune only from May to September to avoid infections.
How to Use
In the kitchen: Fresh eating, excellent for drying and pickling and in salads.
In the landscape: It is an excellent ornamental, espalier or shade tree. The tree is covered with early white blossoms and the glossy attractive leaves are tinged with purple in the spring, late summer and autumn.