I have a number of fruit trees in my yard, including one slightly odd one called a Shipova, which is a cross between a pear and a mountain ash, and is supposed to bear a tasty fruit similar to a pear. The downside is that this is a tree that is known to be slow to bear...I've heard everything from 4-15 years. Mine has been in the ground for 4 years, and is growing well, but no fruit so far. I've heard that these are partially self-fertile, but was considering planting another to possibly help with pollination. My questions are:
1. Do I need to plant another Shipova to improve the likelihood of fruit production, or do I just need to be patient?
2. There are several pear trees in my yard. Would those help with the pollination issue as an alternative to planting another Shipova?
In any case, if anyone else is growing this tree, I'd love to hear about your experiences.