need help finding Turnbull Giant Pear tree

katheria(8)February 28, 2010

My mom is trying to find one of these and has had no luck at all

ive searched with no luck...

hoping someone has come across this pear tree for sale somewhere...

all i can find is patent # 4616

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I don't know where it can be found for sale, but you could get scion cuttings from the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon. Also, private collectors might be able to provide you with cuttings. I saw a couple of collectors I recognized from a very brief Google search. Someone on here may be able to provide cuttings if you could graft them.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 4:08PM
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lucky_p

Hidden Springs Nursery, in Cookeville TN has it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pears at Hidden Springs

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 4:51PM
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thisisme(az9b)

lucky p is that price for a 2'-4' branch for grafting purposes or is that the price for a small tree?

If its a tree any idea how many years before such a small tree will start producing blooms?

I have two large Asian Pear trees that have never set fruit because they flower at different times. This could be my ticket to bushels of pears.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 11:24PM
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katheria(8)

HI guys thanks a bunch,

a scion wouldnt work for sure
grafting is out of my range and my moms...

im thinking thats a price for a scion ???

guess ill call them and see tomorrow...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 3:57AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

"...is that price for a 2'-4' branch for grafting purposes or is that the price for a small tree?"

"im thinking thats a price for a scion ???"

No, it's a 2'-4' tree.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 4:35AM
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lucky_p

Right. $12 for a 2-4 ft grafted tree. It's a heck of a deal - I don't see how they stay in business. But they've been doing it for a long time.
I'm not sure what rootstock they use - probably callery pear, but you could call/email to ask and inquire how long it usually takes for them to come into bearing.
I wouldn't anticipate any fruit for 3-5 years, maybe longer.

There is an old adage: "Plant pears, plant for your heirs" - a testament, both to the lengthy productive life span of pears, but also to the long juvenile period they go through before they begin fruiting. Granted, this probably was written with concern to seedling pears, but even grafted selections on seedling rootstock can take a number of years to come into production.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 7:29AM
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sautesmom

Gee, I got pears the second year after planting on my multi-grafted pear. Maybe the rootstock was really old by the time I got it???

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 1:18PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

i'm curious, how does the turnbull giant pear taste? anyone have any experience with it?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 3:35PM
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lucky_p

Asian pears come into bearing faster(for me, anyway), even on Harbin(seedling P.ussuriensis) rootstock than do European pears on a semi-dwarfing stock, like OHxF 513. Quince or one of the more dwarfing OHxF rootstocks would probably move bearing up a bit more.
I planted one grafted pear, on Winter Nelis seedling rootstock, that took 12 years to produce its first fruit; it, and others like it, on P. calleryana will be here long after I'm gone - and possibly after my children have passed - but you have to wait a while for them to reach fruiting maturity.
HSN doesn't specify which rootstocks they're using, but they'll tell you what they're using if you ask them - could be quince, could be OHxF 333, could be callery.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 12:24AM
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katheria(8)

how does it taste?

personally ive never had it,( not a pear fan) but my mom had two before she moved from her old house.....

she says " Best pear she has ever eaten"
guess thats why she was trying to find them again hehehe

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 1:13PM
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tx4ever

Turnbulls taste somewhat like Asian pears, but better IMO, almost like a cross between a pear and an apple. Nothing pretty about it...but very crisp, juicy, delicious & HUGE.
Got a nice Turnbull tree from Hidden Springs last fall, and it's just broken bud (about 2wks after the Harvest Queen pollinator they recommended...nice folks, BTW).
Hope I'm not too far south to get good production, but even a handful (and they are a handful!) of Turnbulls each year will be worth the effort!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 1:32PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

turnbull sounds like something i should try. i just called hidden springs, they're out until nov, guess i'll have to wait

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 10:42AM
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scaper_austin

Im surprised to hear such high praise of Turnbull. I consider it average at best flavor wise. Good tree and disiease resistant but only average flavor wise to me.

Scape

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 10:48PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

i see from googling that it was patented in 1981 by mr turnbull et all in depew okla. the patent was assigned to henry fields who sold the turnbull in the early 80's, but they dont now. turnbull seems to be dissapearing from the trade.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 6:30AM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

the giant turnbull pear is fast growing extremely productive and amounts to nothing but 5ft - 8ft watersprouts up a long trunk. The next year they weight down with pears to form an umbrella like weeping branch. . Its Flowering goes on a long time and pollinates early, mid, and late flowering varieties. you must pick off the pears off the central leader so it stays vertical and does not weep. The pear itself looks ugly with discolorations, but has no affect on it's flavor. It is the only one of my fruits that the human don't take. Let it grow and don't fight it, it will do fine. just thin the fruit. Henry Field's nursery carried this tree and there is still a chance they have scion from it

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 7:29PM
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