If you prefer the sweet flavor of pears but the crunch of an apple, look no further than the Shinseiki Asian Pear tree.
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The Shinseiki Pear tree is ideal for warmer climates due to its low chill hour requirement of 300-400 hours for fruit production. This Pyrus pyrifolia cultivar is low maintenance and easy to grow and will begin heavily bearing fruit after its second year of planting.
Shinseiki Asian Pear trees are self-pollinating and feature delicious bright yellow skinned fruit that begins to ripen in mid July. This Asian pear variety will benefit from the addition of other Asian pear trees planted nearby to enhance cross pollinating. Shinko Pear Tree is the best variety for this.
The yellow fruit is crisp, juicy sweet, and slightly tart, making it ideal for salads, pies, and fresh eating. It is commonly called dessert pears for their sweet and juicy taste. Harvest these medium sized pears in the late summer months – usually sometime in August. Once ripe, the pears can bruise easily.
Planting Asian Pear Trees
Somewhat cold hardy, the tree grows best in USDA growing zones 5-9. One of the earliest Asian pears to be brought over to the United States about 200 years ago.
This Asian pear fruit tree prefers exposure to full sun and well draining soils. This Asian pear Pyrus variety can benefit from the addition of slow release fertilizer once a year during the growing season to the top of the root ball near the base of the tree/
The trees produce pears as early as 1-2 years after planting. Once established, the fruit tree can produce 500-700 pears. The semi dwarf pear tree grows up to 12-15 feet tall and wide when a mature tree. This makes it perfect for home gardeners with limited space.
Shinseiki Asian Pear Tree Care
Shinseiki is resistant to pests and diseases (even to the destructive codling moth). It is somewhat resistant to fire blight but can be susceptible to fire blight if placed in the wrong location.
Prune your pear trees in late winter or early spring before green fruit production begins. You want to prune for air circulation, prune off dead and diseased branches. In late spring or early summer, you may have to prune heavy bearing branches. Since these trees produce bushels of apple pears, the fruit will begin to bear too much weight on one branch. Prune annually and perfect fruit thinning for best crop production.
These are not bare root trees. They ship rooted in a pot with soil with planting care instructions.
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Pyrus serotina 'Shinseiki'
- Sweet, edible fruit
- Fruit has long storage life
- Low maintenance
- Heat tolerant