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PEAR TREES

We are proud to offer a good selection of pear varieties for northern climates like ours, where the standard commercial varieties will not survive.

Marked varieties (+) are St. Lawrence Nurseries introductions,  either found by us or brought to our attention by other sharp-eyed plantspeople.

Use the pear table below to choose individual pear varieties, or take advantage of our special price pear package. 

 

Rootstock
The rootstocks we use for our pear varieties are Pyrus communis (for European-type pears) and Pyrus ussuriensis (for ussuriensis crosses).  These are hardy and vigorous growers which produces a ``standard'' or full size tree.
Spacing
Plant pear trees about 20 feet apart.

Hardiness
E Extremely hardy, to -50oF or colder.
V Very hardy, to -50o F with occasional winter injury.
M Moderately hardy, to -40o F with occasional injury.
 

Pollination
Most pear varieties need to be cross-pollinated by a different variety in order to produce bountiful crops, although a few are self-fruitful. To be safe, unless otherwise noted in the description, it's best to order at least 2 different varieties of pears to insure good pollination.

Approximate age of bearing
A pear tree from our nursery, if planted in good soil and maintained adequately by its new owner (rabbit protection, mulching with manure, attention to pests), should yield its first fruits in 3-5 years.

Price 2 to 4 ft. trees $24.00 each


"Our Pick" Pear Package $80
Four great eating pears for one low price!
We will choose 4 different varieties that will pollinate eachother and give delicious fruit.

 
newly listed variety

* indicates old variety
Variety Hardiness Ripens Description
Ayers E-V Early Sept. Medium size fruit, very flavorful and sweet. An Anjou cross that grows well in Danville, VT. Skin is rose-tinted, somewhat russeted. Tree shape quite columnar. Resistant to fireblight.
Beierschmidt
OUT OF STOCK
V Mid Sept. Originated in Iowa, a seedling of Bartlett but considerably hardier. Fruit long-necked, medium size, yellow, thin-skinned, and extremely tender and melting. Fruit flavor and quality of the very best, with no grit cells.
Cabot E September Medium size fruit. Extremely winter hardy. Flesh is melting, sweet, aromatic and good for fresh eating.
Celine E Early Oct. A seedling of Patten, from crosses made by Celine Caron in Quebec. Large, sweet, juicy fruit with buttery texture. Keeps well if picked about 1 week before ripe and allowed to ripen in cool storage.
Chazy River V Early to mid Sept. The parent tree is a seedling growing in Sciota, NY, brought to our attention by Joe Lavorando. It is probably about 200 years old. Fruit is small to medium size, good for fresh eating and canning. Precocious bearer. 
Ely+
OUT OF STOCK
E October The parent tree has been growing in Ely, MN for at least 100 years. Brought to our attention by Sandy Okstad. Small, sweet, good for canning and processing. The tree has to be hardy...if youknow anything about Ely! For customers in really cold areas, see also Loma and Schroeder ND Hardy, both new this year.
Flemish Beauty* V Late Sept.  A very good quality eating pear, Flemish Beauty has been around since the early 1800's. Flesh is firm, becoming melting as it ripens. Susceptible to fireblight.
Golden Spice E September A small, very hardy pear. Good pollinator. Vigorous grower. Flesh is tart and spicy...good for canning and for wine. Univ of MN intro in 1949.
Hudar+    
OUT OF STOCK
E-V Late July, Early Aug. Originated on the Hudar farm in Hammond, NY. Early and productive, one of our best eating pears; also good for canning. Yellow with sweet, juicy flesh. Jon Busch in Aspen, Co, (8000 ft elevation) says his Hudar fruits every year and produces a prodigious crop. Size a bit smaller than Bartlett.
Leonard V Late Sept. A medium-size, hard, green pear which ripens yellow to a smooth, melting, flavorful fruit. Brought to our attention by Clarke Nattress.

Loma          
OUT OF STOCK
E-V Late Aug. A large roundish pear from the Saguenay area of Quebec, 2 hours north of Quebec City. High quality eating; a good choice for places with a short growing season. Self-fertile.
Luscious V Mid to late Sept. Large, very juicy, sweet and firm yet melting pear. Ripens in storage 7-10 days after harvest and remains excellent for fresh eating for about 2 weeks. A South Dakota E31 X Ewart cross, Luscious has proven hardy in many northern states.
Manning-Miller+ V Early to mid Sept. Firm flesh is sweet when green or ripe. Texture is a bit coarse, but pleasant; stands up well to processing. Tree grows strongly and yields abundant crops. Self-fertile.
Nova+  
OUT OF STOCK
V Mid Sept. Our best pear, named after our daughter, Nova. Found growing on the Hudar farm in Hammond, NY. Large, round, melting and juicy. Can be used green or ripe. Hangs well without premature drop. Self-fertile.
O'berg+ V September This medium to large pear ripens to a smooth, very fine quality fruit. Excellent canned. The original tree grew just south of Ogdensburg, NY for 50 years.
Patten E Early Oct. Very large fruit with excellent eating quality. One of the latest-ripening pears. Should be picked about 1 week before ripe and allowed to ripen in cool storage.
Savignac+ V Sept. Very sweet juicy pear with few grit cells. Originated near Quebec City, Canada, in a very cold area. Brought to our attention by Henri Bernard.

Schroeder ND Hardy+
OUT OF STOCK
E September This pear is under evaluation at the Univ. of ND, and has been around for over 90 years. it regularly ripens in ND, bearing large fruit with sweet, melting flesh; good for fresh eating and canning, with very few grit cells.
Southworth+ V Mid-late Sept. Good-flavored, Bartlett-sized sweet pear with juicy flesh that is firm becoming melting. Self-fertile. Tree is a strong, vigorous grower. Originated in Northern NY.
Stacey+
OUT OF STOCK
E-V Mid-August A profuse producer with medium size fruit. Should be picked in mid-August before fully ripe then allowed to ripen in a cool storage space. The original tree is at least 250 years old and is growing near Stacyville, ME. Very vigorous grower. Brought to our attention by Clarke Nattress.
Summercrisp V Mid Aug. Introduced by the Univ. of Minnesota. This pear can be eaten green as a crisp juicy fruit similar to the Asian pears. When ripe it is sweet and fine-textured. Tree vigorous and a good pollinator for other pears. Our second earliest pear. 

Tyson*
M Early Sept.
Known since 1794, Tyson is a medium-sized conical pear. Fruit quality very high, especially for fresh eating. Keeps only a short time in storage. Tree is large, vigorous and productive. Resistant to fireblight.
Ure E September One of the Pyrus ussuriensis/Pyrus communis crosses that gives hope to those aspiring to grow pears in extremely cold or fireblight-prone areas. Unlike many ussuriensis crosses, the fruit quality is good.
Waterville V Sept. Large and juicy with a slightly coarse but very sweet flesh. The tree is an extremely vigorous grower. Originated in Waterville, VT. An Elmore Roots Nursery introduction.