Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 12-15 ft.
- Full to Partial Sun
- 12-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- up to 2 ft.
- Botanical Name:
- Pyrus pyrifolia Shinseiki
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
Sweet, Crisp, and Juicy Asian Pears
East meets west when you grow this highly prized fruit in your garden. Shinseiki Asian Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Shinseiki') is a specialty fruit that you probably won't find in your supermarket, which means you've likely never tasted a pear quite like this. But if you're committed to healthy eating by adding more fresh fruits to your diet, plant a Shinseiki Pear tree in your backyard and get ready for a treat!
The Best of Both Worlds: Crisp Like an Apple. Flavor of a Pear.
When you buy pears at your local grocery store, you're typically taking home European pears (Pyrus communis). They have the familiar "pear shape" with a melt-in-your-mouth texture when ripe. Asian pears keep their crisp and crunchy texture, and they're usually round instead of pear-shaped. Because of their appearance, as well as their crispness, they're often commonly called "apple pears." But they are not related to apples, and they're not even a cross between an apple and pear. Shinseiki Asian Pear is a delicious taste sensation that delightfully combines the crispness of an apple with the unmistakable flavor of a pear.
Sized for Smaller Landscapes with a Floral Surprise
European pear trees may grow 30 feet tall, a height which can often overpower many of today's smaller landscapes. But Shinseiki Asian Pear trees grow only half that height (or shorter), which makes these types of pear trees particularly suited for smaller yards. You'll grow this tree for the apples it produces, but you'll also love the springtime flowers as a surprising bonus! The white pear blossoms are formed in clusters, which look like large snowflakes have blanketed the trees. After the flowers fade and the fruits form, round Shinseiki Asian Pears look almost like golden apples against the deep-green foliage!
Superior Taste and Texture
Another similarity to apples '– and difference from European pears '– is that Asian pears taste best when left on the tree to ripen. As a contrast, European pears almost turn to mush if you allow them to ripen on the tree. And even if you correctly harvest European pears before they're fully ripe, they quickly change texture after they're picked. Shinseiki Asian Pears reach their highest quality when tree-ripened, and they keep their crisp texture well after you pick them. Shinseiki Asian Pears are surprisingly juicy for such a crisp fruit. They yield so much juice that they are best when eaten as a fresh snack. These fruits have the perfect blending of sweetness, firmness, and juiciness. An August harvest of fruit stays crisp and sweet up to two weeks at room temperature, but you'll be even more impressed with its extremely long-keeping quality '– up to several months in your refrigerator!
Even Young Trees Bear Fruit
Some fruit trees take years before they actually produce fruit, but you can skip the waiting and jump straight to harvesting. Shinseiki Asian Pear trees are already producing between 5 and 15 pounds of fruit when they're 3 years old! By the time they're 5 years old, the yield jumps to 30 to 50 pounds of pears each year. And when the trees are fully mature, you can expect a harvest of 100 to 400 pounds of luscious pears each year!
Known for Its Heavy Crops
Shinseiki Asian Pear is considered a heavy bearer, which is good news for your taste buds but it could potentially put too much of a load on the branches of young, developing trees, which can stress plants that are becoming established. The easy solution is thinning the fruit to relieve some of the weight on the branches. When the tiny pears are cherry-sized, remove enough to leave a spacing of 6 inches between fruits. We know you will be so proud when you see the loads of tiny pears on your tree that you won't want to remove any of them, but it really will help the long-term health of your tree. You can also remove the flowers instead of the fruits to conform to this spacing, but it's best to wait until the fruit forms. Some flowers may not be fertilized, which means they won't be able to set fruit. And since there's no way of knowing which flowers are ultimately fertilized, you may be removing the fertile flowers and leaving the ones that won't develop into fruits!
Low Chill Requirement
Most European pears require between 900 and 1,000 chill hours each year before they can set fruit. This is a measure of how many hours each year the temperature dips below 45 degrees, and it explains why some fruit trees successfully bear fruit only in northern climates. But Shinseiki Asian Pear trees have a low-chill requirement, needing only 250 to 400 chill hours each year to produce pears. This means that even gardeners in the South (including North Florida) can enjoy pears they grow in their own backyard!
Pollination and Spacing Guidelines
Asian Pear trees are somewhat self-fruitful, which means that they can bear some fruit without being cross-pollinated by another pear tree. If you plant a European pear tree, such as Bartlett, Bosc, or D'Anjou, your harvests will be larger than if you rely only on a single Shinseiki Asian Pear tree. But for a truly robust harvest that maximizes your tree's fruiting potential, you'll need to plant another Asian pear variety. Space multiple trees within 20 feet of each other for the highest pollination benefit.
Tip: Another benefit from having two or more pear trees is that cross-pollinated trees typically bear larger fruits.
Higher Resistance to Fire Blight Than Other Pear Trees
The dreaded bacterial disease of fire blight is the most prevalent disease among all types of pear trees. The disease is easily spread from tree to tree, especially since bees can carry the bacterial pathogen when they flit from blossom to blossom while pollinating the flowers. Warm, wet spring weather is another factor in the spread of this disease. Shinseiki Asian Pear trees are not immune to this disease, but they do have a higher resistance against it. In fact, when Asian pear trees were first cultivated in the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, they were actually used for breeding with European pear trees to produce offspring that had higher resistance to fire blight. If you see telltale symptoms of this disease on your pear trees, such as tips of twigs that wilt, turn black, form a crook shape, or die, you'll want to prune those branches away to help prevent the spread of fire blight.
Corrective and Shaping Pruning
The best time to prune your Shinseiki Asian Pear tree is in late winter when the tree is still dormant and before it blooms.
• Corrective. When you prune branches or twigs that are affected by fire blight, you want to make your pruning cuts 24 inches below the obvious, visible symptoms. Discard these branches and twigs without putting them in your compost pile.
• Shaping. Call on the Cooperative Extension Service with any questions you have about how to prune your Shinseiki Asian Pear tree. Generally, you'll remove 20 percent of the growth each year to open up the canopy and let light inside the tree. You'll leave the limbs that form wide angles with the tree trunk and remove the narrow-angled branches. The final result shapes your pear tree to a similar shape as a Christmas tree, so with that as a mental picture, it will be easy to prune your tree!
General Growing Tips
In a nutshell, you want to plant Shinseiki Asian Pear trees in full sun on well-draining fertile soil that has a pH of 6 to 7. Specifics, such as fertilization, can be answered by your Cooperative Extension Service when you consult them for a spraying regimen or to determine the soil pH. Keep pear trees watered well during their first year of establishment to encourage a healthy root system.
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