Fall. Orchard Farm, Naumkeag, Mass., circa 1630. Planted from seed in either 1630 or 1632 by the first Colonial Governor of Massachusetts, John Endicott. The incredible original Endicott pear tree, nearly 400 years old, has the distinction of being probably the oldest living fruit tree in America.
Medium-sized roundish fruit is greenish yellow, dotted and splashed with russet. Moderately tasty fresh eating and also good for perry (pear wine).
In his 1825 The American Orchardist, James Thacher writes, “From the pear is prepared a pleasant liquor, known under the name of perry…” Endicott was an avid gardener who grew hundreds of fruit trees on his 300-acre Orchard Farm in what is now Danvers. The ancient gnarled and twisted pear tree is all that remains.
Z4/5. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart.