Asian Pears. Janick and J. Simon eds. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Asian pears comprise a large group of pears that are crisp in texture and, when mature, are good to eat as soon as harvested or for several months after picking if held in cold storage. This ready-to-eat feature may make them more acceptable to some people than European pears that are usually served when soft and juicy, which takes about a week to occur after removal from cold storage.
Pollination – Pear
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Asian Pears, also known as Oriental Pears or Apple Pears are a delightfully crisp, crunchy and incredibly juicy type of pear. They are often more rounded and more delicate in flavor and fragrance than most European varieties, they are easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest and make a great addition to every garden. Asian pears should be planted in the full sun. Avoid planting in wet low lying areas or frost pockets. They are very early blooming so choose a sheltered area away from late frosts or cold snaps.
Pollination of Asian Pear Trees
Snappy, tangy taste. Produces excellent-quality fruit with a slightly higher acid content than other Asian pears. Tree is moderately vigorous with a slightly spreading nature.
The two species of pear trees are Asian pear Pyrus serotina and European pear Pyrus communis. Most pear trees need cross-pollination from nearby pollen sources of common trees, but some pear trees usually do not need cross-pollinators to produce fruit because they are self-fruitful. Both pear tree species have self-fruitful cultivars. Even some self-fruitful pear trees, however, may need cross-pollinators to produce fruit when they are planted in areas where their blooming period occurs during cool temperatures.