The Asian pear tree Pyrus pyrifolia is part of the Rosaceae family, which includes several fruit trees such as plums and peaches. The Asian pear produces copper-colored, rounded fruits that are a few inches long. The tree features dense green foliage in a pyramidal or rounded shape. The foliage turns a red or burgundy color in the fall.
Asian Pear Trees
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The three focus almost exclusively on Asian pears, and none of them fit the typical profile of a multigenerational family farm. With Asian pears, fruit quality and value are closely correlated with size — hence the need for detailed pruning and careful hand thinning. The bigger the pear and the better the taste, the higher the price, said Dan Ward, an associate professor and extension specialist with Rutgers University who has studied Asian pears in the past. The pears are sold online, usually in mail-order gift baskets, or to restaurants. He liked them so much he brought seeds home. With help from his wife, botanist Ruth Rodale Spira, he expanded his plantings and bred his own pear lines, eventuating in the seven patented varieties the orchard grows today, Hollenbach said. Hollenbach and his team are transitioning some of the acreage to higher-density plantings.
Asian pears not for the thin-skinned
Asian Pears are so very juicy, crunchy and sweet! The trees are healthy and easy to grow, and the fruit keeps for weeks and weeks in the fridge. Our trees are on semi dwarfing Old Home x Farmingdale rootstocks.
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