Of all the tree fruits we grow, my favorites are the Asian pears. The small trees top out at only 12 to 20 feet m tall, making them easy to maintain. Plus, they always make a good crop. Sometimes called Nashi pears or apple-pears, crisp and juicy Asian pears are delicious fresh, and even better when dried into sweet, chewy morsels. Trees start bearing about four years after planting and keep producing for at least 20 years. Growing Asian pears is easy if you have a sunny, well drained site with a slightly acidic soil pH around 6.
Growing Asian Pears: Easy and Exotic
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I was first turned on to growing Asian pears by a friend of ours who grew a wide range of uncommon fruit. Unlike European pears that get a gritty texture inside if left to ripen on the tree, Asian pears need to be tree-ripened to develop the best flavor and lessen grittiness. This is the last fruit we harvest in the fall since they ripen so late. To judge when to pick them we taste test almost daily and keep an eye on the skin color.
How to Start an Asian Pear Tree From Seed
Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, Arizona and California. Only two species are commercially grown, Pyrus communis, the European pear, and Pyrus pyrifolia, the Asian pear. Dozens of Asian Pear cultivars have appeared in North America. Mature Size: 30' high and as wide. Dwarf cultivars can be ' high.
Pyrus pyrifolia is a species of pear tree native to East Asia. The tree's edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear ,  Japanese pear ,  Chinese pear ,   Korean pear ,    Taiwanese pear , apple pear , zodiac pear , and sand pear. Traditionally in East Asia the tree's flowers are a popular symbol of early spring, and it is a common sight in gardens and the countryside.