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Orient PearPyrus communis ‘Orient’

  • Orient Pear - Pyrus communis

This hybrid European pear cultivar is known for its intense beauty and heavy annual crops. The yellow fruit has juicy, melting, creamy flesh with a mild flavor—excellent for canning, desserts, salads and fresh eating. The tree typically produces ripe fruit in mid-August or mid-September.

The Orient pear is available in standard and dwarf sizes and requires cross-pollination with Bartlett or another European pear variety (excluding Kieffer). See our Fruit Tree Spacing Guide for more specifics.

Hardiness Zones

The orient pear can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The standard Orient pear grows to a height of about 20' and a spread of around 20' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 12–15' with a spread of about 10'.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Orient pear grows best in slightly acidic, deep, heavy, and moist (but well-drained) soil. Other soil types are tolerated, but the tree may produce a lighter crop. It is especially sensitive to salt but will tolerate both drought and floods.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Produces large, smooth, shiny, round yellow fruit with a red cheek and thick skin. The flesh is juicy and creamy with a mild flavor and a fairly fine texture--ideal for eating, canning, desserts and salads.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically in mid-August or mid-September, bearing heavy crops.
  • Is known for its beauty.
  • Blooms mid- to late season with white flowers.
  • Is available in standard and dwarf sizes. Our standard Orient seedlings are budded onto whole rootstock, and our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Quince or Quince A (Malling A).
  • Requires cross-pollination with Bartlett or another European pear variety (excluding Kieffer) growing within 100' for standard trees and within 20' for dwarf trees.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 350-400. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Features simple leaves that are glossy green, have fine teeth on the margin and provide golden bronze fall color.
  • Grows in an oval, rounded shape.
  • Is blight-resistant.

Wildlife Value

Pear orchards are considered valuable habitats for wildlife.  The fruit of pear trees are attractive to birds and squirrels.