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Orient PearPyrus communis ‘Orient’

  • Orient Pear - Pyrus communis
A hybrid pear with yellow fruit. It has juicy, melting, creamy flesh and a mild flavor. Use for canning in salads or desserts and can be eaten fresh. Some resistance to fire blight. Pollinate with a different European pear variety, excluding Kieffer. (Zones 5-8)

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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 six 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.