The Kieffer pear grows best in slightly acidic, deep, heavy, moist, but well drained soil. Other soil types are tolerated, but may produce a lighter crop. Pear trees are especially sensitive to salt.
A long lived tree bearing heavy crops of large yellow fruit. It is hardy in the north and south with good resistance to fire blight. Good for canning, baking, preserves and honey.
An Oriental hybrid between a European and Chinese sand pear with large yellow fruit. The white flesh is crisp, juicy, with a coarse texture. It produces fruit in late September to October. Very hardy and tolerates hot climates. (Self-fertile, plant two trees to ensure pollination) (Zones 4 - 9).
Pear and apple orchards are considered valuable habitats for wildlife.
The standard grows to 20', and dwarf grows to 12' - 15' in height.
Standard spread grows to 20', semi-dwarf grows to 12'-15', and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.
The Kieffer pear prefers moist, well drained soil. It does best when provided with adequate water, but will tolerate both drought and floods.
These simple, glossy green leaves alternate on the twig. They have fine teeth on the margin. Fall color is golden bronze.
Kieffer pears have large, long, golden yellow skin with crimson blush. The flesh is a crisp white, coarse in texture, drier than Orient pear. Harvest late, from mid-September to mid-October