New World Asian pear cultivar

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)August 27, 2012

I've never been a fan of Asian pears; I like mine soft. (Of course I've only eaten store-bought ones). On a lark I bought some at Costco and one of my sons just loved it. He said he always hated the squishiness of pears.

So now I am thinking about getting an Asian and I don't have a clue what to try. I was on Cliff England's site and was wondering about the New World cultivar he is selling. It is a cross between Bartlett European pear and Korean Giant Asian Pear.

I don't have a lot of fireblight issues here, but we do have a short growing season.

Has anyone here tried the New World or does anyone have any other suggestions for me?

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

MG,

I have not try the new cross from Cliff yet. But I have 15 plus varieties. So far I really like Olympic giant, Yoinashi, Shinko, New century, and Tennosui.

Tony

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 7:04AM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

Mh,
If into october is a challenge you could pair yoinashi with hosui, even Atago for earliest, but I can't vouch for it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 7:47AM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

I planted my New world pear in jan. No fruit yet of course. So far, it's growing like any pear. At least fireblight hasn't gotten it.

Cliff has only offered this pear for a year, so he's the only one I know of that can vouch for it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:58PM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

I like the refreshing, light ones like Shinseiki and Ya Li,,

but I also like 20th century pear for flavor.

Chojuro has a rum kind of flavor and is a good keeper.

Korean Giant (DOn Bae is an amazing keeper.

Mine have broken branches the last two years because they set too much fruit. You'd think I'd learn , but apparently not yet.
John S
PDX OR

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 10:19PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I asked Cliff about pollination of New World and he said it is pollinated by European pears. His is grafted onto Calleryana and I'm not sure that would be the best for my area, although he said it is hardy to zone 4.

Honestly I am leaning toward Yoinashi. Cummins has it on OHxF 97 and Bay Laurel has it on Betula.

Does Yoinashi need another Asian for pollination? I currently have 2 Euros; Red Clapp's Favorite and Moonglow. My neighbor has a flowering pear.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 1:24PM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

MG,

The flowering pear should pollinates the Yoinashi.

Tony

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 2:37PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Looks like I'm going to lose my New World to fireblight. Its been a bad year for fb here.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 8:20AM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Bob,
Sorry to hear about your New World Asian pear. I hope you did some back up grafts from the original tree. When I buy any new dormant tree, I usually do a couple back up graft on some branches, just in case the original tree die.

Tony

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:00AM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Thanks Tony. No, I didn't make back up grafts, probably should have. I think I'll move on to other pears, see how they do.

I'm curious how the Harrow Crisp, Delight, & Gold might do here; I'm not sure if I have enough chill hours, but they're supposedly very fb resistant.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 7:21PM
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