Widely planted in Maine for generations. After years of looking for a good source of grafting wood for this pear, we finally located a huge ancient tree in nearby Freedom. Well over 100 years old, the tree has lived through all the great winters of the 20th century. The definitive 1921 text The Pears of New York, calls the flavor “second only to Seckel,” and says that the “tree is the most nearly perfect of any pear grown in America.” Went out of favor because it was not as large or pretty as Bartlett.
Medium-sized acute pyriform deep dull-yellow fruit with some russeting and no blush is very juicy, sweet and aromatic.
Very large vigorous annually productive upright spreading tree. Tolerant of bugs, disease and weather. Fireblight resistant. Rare. Z4.
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