Pyrus communisFall. Possibly a seedling of White Doyenne. Rhode Island, early 19th c.
Small (about 2" long) heirloom dessert pear with deep brownish-yellow skin and a reddish blush. Flesh is white, rich, melting and aromatic. Ripens in late September to early October, around the same time as Seckel. For best flavor, pick fruits early and store them in a cold place (around 35°) for at least a week before bringing them to room temperature to fully ripen. The tree is vigorous and considered ornamental with its glossy foliage. Ours tends to shoot for the sky, so train it early to spread and stay low unless you have a very tall ladder. Somewhat resistant to fireblight. Bears biennially. Rare. Z4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart. For 2024, European Pears and Perry Pears are on OHxF97 or a similar rootstock.