Sweet Tasting Fruit That's Easy to Grow in Home Gardens
The Hood Pear tree cultivar offers a sweet treat that is hard to resist on those hot summer days!
This Asian pear tree is a long-time favorite in the South due to the fruit’s buttery smooth textured yellow green flesh. Pear flowers will appear in early spring. Hood pears ripen mid to late July and require a pollinator.
The pear fruit tree’s greenish-white fruit has a buttery smooth texture and a creamy white pulp. It is sweet tasting, and crisp texture that is often found only in homegrown pear tree fruit.
HOOD PEAR TREE CARE
For the best results, plant in well-drained soil and full sun. As young trees, these pears need air circulation and plenty of water in the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
The Hood Pear tree is fire blight resistant and grows well in the southeast region of the United States in USDA growing zones 8-10. Pick ripe fruit early so they are not susceptible to pests and diseases. A great fruit tree for the home gardener and orchardist alike!
Prune pears in late winter. In particular, prune crossing branches in the middle of the tree to make room for air and light circulation. Applying fertilizer annually at the top of the root ball will help produce more fruit. These trees have a strong central leader tree trunk at the graft union.
The standard size for this tree grows up to 30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide. When in good health, the hood pear growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year. It is very fast growing!
This tree does not require too many chill hours and does not do well in freezing temperatures giving it only slight cold hardiness. Perfect for the southern states.
Hood Pear Tree Pollination
For best fruit production, pick other pear varieties that bloom at the same time as the Hood pear. Cross pollination is essential for most pear trees in the pyrus communis and pyrus pyrifolia species to produce fruit. Some good options for cross pollinators are the Shinko Asian Pear or Kieffer Pear.
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Once your Hood Pear Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
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HOOD PEAR TREE CARE:
The Hood Pear will grow best in an area with full sun. Early morning sun is especially important as dew can have a negative impact on the tree if allowed to linger. Locations with good airflow are best. They adapt to most well drained soil types. Regular watering is necessary until established however. The Hood Pear, like most Pear trees needs a pollinator to produce fruit. Planting another variety with a similar bloom schedule, such as a Carnes Pear is recommended.
Prune selectively in the late winter to facilitate growth of a balanced, strong framework, maintain shape and to focus on removing tightly packed inner limbs that may hinder airflow and sunlight through the tree’s canopy. The Hood pear is Fire Blight resistant. Space 15 to 20 feet apart when planting in multiples.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Hood Pear tree, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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