Late Summer-Fall. Chance seedling “found on a rubbish heap” by Kakunosuke Matsudo at Ishii, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, 1898. Also known as Twentieth Century.
White flesh is mild-flavored, crisp, juicy, medium-sugar and high acid. Medium-large greenish-yellow semi-glossy fruit is roundish-oblate. Stores up to 6 months in cool storage. This is the pear that, along with Chojuro, kicked off the Asian pear industry in Japan and became the standard to which all others are compared. Used extensively in modern Japanese pear breeding programs.
Tree is medium-sized, upright and spreading. Ripens a couple of weeks later than Shinsui. Z4/5. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although partly self-fruitful, pollinators are recommended. The varieties we offer will pollinate one another. Some European pears, notably Bartlett, will also act as pollinators. Plant 15–20' apart.