Kieffer Pear
Pennsylvania 1876


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American heirloom pears are extremely rare so the Kieffer is a special treat. In 1853, Peter Kieffer planted a small nursery in near Philadelphia where he grew imported Chinese Sand Pear seed. Kieffer also grew Bartlett pears. So one day he noticed a seedling with unusual foliage so he saved it. Kieffer is a high quality pear ideal for fresh eating, pear honey and preserves.  Golden yellow skin blushed with crimson envelops crisp, juicy, coarse-textured white flesh with musky aroma.  Hardy, vigorous tree bears young with dependable crops.  Perfect variety for southern states as it tolerates hot climates and is practically immune to fireblight.  Pick fruit while still hard and store in a cool place; reaches peak flavor when fruit gives slightly to the touch.  

Growing Considerations for Kieffer Pear
Pennsylvania 1876

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Late

Harvest Period: Very Late

Storage: 3 Months or More

Low Chill: Yes

Uses: Fresh Eating

Origin Date: 1800`s

Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile

Years to Bear: 2-5 years

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Whip (no branching)

Rootstock: OHxF 87

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*;  Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).


*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.

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries 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 since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 05 August, 2010.