Endicott European PearFall. Dessert and perry pear. Orchard Farm, Naumkeag, Mass., circa 1630. Planted from seed in either 1630 or 1632 by Puritan John Endicott, the first Colonial Governor of Massachusetts, the incredible original 387- or 389-year-old Endicott pear tree has the distinction of being probably the oldest living fruit tree in America.
Medium-sized roundish (obovate-obtuse-pyriform) fruit is greenish yellow, dotted and splashed with russet. Moderately tasty fresh eating, and James Thacher in his 1825 The American Orchardist writes, “From the pear is prepared a pleasant liquor, known under the name of perry…” Endicott was an avid gardener who grew hundreds of fruit trees on his 300-acre Orchard Farm in what is now Danvers. The ancient gnarled and twisted pear tree is all that remains. Z4/5. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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