Jesuit European Pear


Jesuit European Pear

Pyrus communis Late Summer-Early Fall. Said to be brought to the Great Lakes area in the 1600s by French settlers and/or Jesuit missionaries. Also known as Mission Pear or French Pear.

Small round sweet and spicy fruits are similar in appearance to Seckel, greenish brown with a red blush. Often used for canning and pickling by local French communities.

There is tons of lore surrounding these historical trees. Hundreds once lined the shores on both sides of the Detroit River, marking the Ontario-Michigan border, and it’s said they were planted in groups of twelve to represent the apostles, always with one tree apart from the rest to portray Judas. Supposedly the large trees can grow so tall they become reminiscent of elms or oaks, with yields of up to 50 bushels of pears per year! Our scionwood came courtesy of Pat McCauley, a Michigan cidermaker and fruit explorer who is working with others to research and genotype the remaining Jesuit Pears. Some surviving specimens are 200 years old! Of particular interest is the trees’ natural resistance to pests and fireblight. Z3. (2½-6' bare-root trees)

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Additional Information

European Pears

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. For 2024, European Pears and Perry Pears are on OHxF97 or a similar rootstock.

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