Late Summer. [Ri-14 (Kikusui x Yakumo) x Yakumo] National Horticultural Research Station, Tsukuba, Japan, 1972.
Firm crisp fine-textured juicy mild subacid yet sweet rich-flavored white to off-white flesh is considered by some to be the best-flavored of all Asian pears. Large round-oblate long-stemmed fruit with medium-thick skin covered with glowing yellow-orange-golden brown russet and numerous light-russet dots.
Standard commercial variety. Will store for a month. Hosui means ‘much water.’
Medium-sized very vigorous productive tree. Susceptible to fireblight. Z4/5. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although partly self-fruitful, pollinators are recommended. The varieties we offer will pollinate one another. Some European pears, notably Bartlett, will also act as pollinators. Plant 15–20' apart.