American heirloom pears are extremely rare so the Kieffer pear tree 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. The Kieffer pears are 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. The Kieffer pear tree fruit is best harvested while still hard and store in a cool place; reaches peak flavor when fruit gives slightly to the touch. Please refer below for more information on the Kieffer pear tree for sale.
Considerations for Kieffer Pear Tree
USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Harvest Period: Late
Origin Date: Pennsylvania 1876
Storage:3 Months or More
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*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.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
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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