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Pear, European Pear
Scientific Name: Pyrus communis L.
Synonym:
Family: Rosaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Unknown in the wild, maybe a cultivated form of Pyrus caucasia and/or Pyrus nivalis

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, pyramidal shaped, up to 30 to 40 feet tall (9-12 m), except when grafted on dwarfing rootstock

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: T-budded or chip budded, quince rootstock are generally dwarfing, but sometimes require double budding


Selected Varieties
Variety Zones
(Sunset)
Season Maturity Zone 13 Remarks Self-Fertile
Bartlett 1-11,14-18 Mid   Large fruit with golden yellow color, one of the best pears. Green at picking. Needs pollenizer for better production. Susceptible to fire blight.  
Bosc 1-11,14-18 Mid   Medium to large fruit - long tapering neck, darkly russeted. Stores well. Susceptible to fire blight.  
Flordahome 2-23 Early 6/15-7/15 Medium size fruit with thin green skin. Very nice quality, white flesh,sweet, smooth-textured, juicy, flavorful. Early bloom. Partially self-fruitful, better with pollenizer. Hood is best pollenizer. Chilling requirement less than 300 hours. Recommended for the low deserts.
Hood 2-23 Early   Large, smooth fruit with buttery texture.  Good pollenizer for Floridahome. Chilling requirement less than 300 hours.  
Kieffer, Keiffer 2-23 Early 6/15-7/15 Fair quality, hard fruit containing grit cells. Needs pollenizer. Medium to large late season fruit. Canning/cooking. Sprightly flavor, coarse texture. Resists fireblight, tolerates hot climates. Dependable crops. Chilling requirement 350 hours. Recommended for the low deserts. x
LeConte 2-23 Early   High quality, low chill pear. Needs cross pollination.  
Orient 2-23 Early   Very large fruit with white flesh. Very vigorous tree.  Fire blight resistant.  
Red Sensation 1-11,14-18 Mid   Red Bartlett.  White, juicy, tender flesh. Chilling requirement 900 hours.  
Seckel 1-11,14-18 Mid   Small reddish green fruit. Dense an flavorful flesh.  Fire blight and pear scab resistant.  
Surecrop 1-11,14-18 Mid   Small reddish brown fruit. Dessert quality.  
Source: University of Arizona: Cooperative Extension

Blooming Habits:
White flowers.

Fruiting Habits:


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