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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