Magness European PearLate Summer. US 3866-E [Giant Seckel (SP149490) x Doyenne du Comice] USDA, 1960.
Rich, melting, buttery, juicy, sugary, tender, highly perfumed and aromatic with almost no grit cells. Renowned plant breeder Elwyn Meader rated Magness as the standard by which to judge other pears in taste and quality. Some call it the best-flavored pear ever. Medium-sized fruit is greenish-yellow with a light dull-bronze russeting, sometimes a crimson blush, and a short pyriform—almost oval—shape.
Fruit set can be inconsistent. One friend got excellent fruit set by mashing up flowers from other pear varieties and spraying them on his Magness when it was in full bloom. Keeps more than two months with refrigeration.
Vigorous spreading tree. Will not pollinate other varieties. Some insect resistance and excellent fire blight resistance. Z4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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