The Seckel pear is a must for the home orchard. Hardy and self-fertile. Hardiest bloom in the spring. Resistant to fire blight; it's reported that if any trees survive, Seckels do. The Seckel pear is considered native to Pennsylvania, though there is some mysterory surrounding its history. It’s said to be named after a local farmer who found a “wild sapling” growing just outside Philadelphia late 1700's. Fruit small, reddish-brown russet over yellow or greenish-brown. Best flavor. Flesh creamy white and sweet. Good for preserving, spicing. Thinning produces better size fruit. Often known as the Sugar Pear. Tree is naturally semi-dwarf.
Growing Considerations for Seckel pear tree
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Pollination: Self-Fertile out West, needs another midseason bloom pear other locations
Fruit Storage: Good
Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Uses: Fresh eating,dessert,baking
Rootstock: Semi-dwarf OHxF 333
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Years to bear: 2-4 years
Shape when shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 5-7 ft. in field (trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped)
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Note on Shipping:
Our pear trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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