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Asian Pears- Designing with this plant

    USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4-9, but really depends on the species and variety
    AHS Heat Zone: Zone 9-3, but really depends on the species and variety
    Chill Requirement: 300-750 chilling hours/units depening on the variety

    Plant Type: Small to Medium-sized Tree depending on the root stock
    Leaf Type: Deciduous
    Forest Garden Use: Canopy Layer, Sub-Canopy (Understory) Layer
    Cultivars/Varieties: Many varieties available. (see my article about Asian Pear varieties)

    Pollination: Asian Pears traditionally require cross-pollination, although a few varieties are self-fruitful. This requires two different varieties of Asian Pear. Some European Pears (Pyrus communis) will cross-pollinate Asian Pears. Because there is such a wide variety of pears and cross-pollination variations, it is best to get cross-pollination information from the nursery or catalog company you are purchasing your pears. Pollinated by insects.
    Flowering: Spring (May)

    Life Span:
    Years to Begin Bearing: 3-7 years depending on the variety and rootstock
    Years of Useful Life: up to 300 years. Dwarfing rootstocks live shorter lives

    Siberian Pear (Pyrus ussuriensis) in Autumn
    Chinese Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) in Autumn waiting for harvest
    Asian Pear in Autumn after a frost

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