Dana Hovey Pear Scionwood


Dana Hovey Pear Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Winter. Thought to be a seedling of Seckel. Roxbury, Mass., about 1854. Introduced by 19th-century fruit enthusiast Francis Dana who dubbed it “Dana’s Hovey” in honor of CM Hovey, Boston nurseryman and author of The Fruits of America. Sometimes called Winter Seckel because of its similarity to Seckel.

Small obovate-obtuse-pyriform rich golden-yellow russeted fruit. Intensely sweet highly aromatic tender storage pear has excellent flavor; possibly the best eating of all winter pears. Keeps extremely well. Harvest in October and store in a cool dry spot. Still great eating in December—sometimes even as late as February.

Hardy vigorous moderately productive spreading tree adapts to a variety of soils. No scab and relatively few bugs. Z4.

923 Dana Hovey
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L923A: 8" scionwood stick 1 for $5.00
L923B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.

We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways.
Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label.
Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood.
You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.

Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

For more info:
About Scionwood.