Courthouse Soft Pear â€“ Super Tough!
A Just Fruits find! We discovered this pear tree growing behind the Wakulla County Courthouse in Crawfordville Florida. Having grown up in Wakulla, Iâ€™ve long admired this tree for its ability to thrive under absolute street-side adversity and still produce heavy crops yearly. Courthouse pear fruit is fantastic. Beautiful, thin, red-blushed soft pears are sweet and juicy. Ripens mid-August.
|Grafted||Yes, on callery pear 'prunus calleryana' (We find this to be best for fireblight resistance)|
|Growing Zone||8A, 8B, 9A, 9B |
|Mature Height||18-20 FT|
|Mature Width||12-15 FT|
|Pollinator||Any Other Late Blooming Pear Tree|
Planting & Care
Fruitscaping with Pear Trees
When young, pears are tall green columns. As they mature, the weight of the fruit pulls the branches down, making the tree look like a cascading fountain of fruit. Pears have shiny deep green leaves offering summer shade and are covered with white blossoms in the spring. Mix tall pears with smaller fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, figs and pomegranates. We also like them sprinkled through a wilderness area with dogwoods and crabapples.
View Our Full Pear Trees Planting and Growing Guide
Pruning:Â By nature, the Pear Tree is tall and columnar when young. The early crops on the third year weigh down the limbs and thus begin the cycle of fruit bearing years. By weighing down or pegging the branches on the first and second years, you can create a strong, earlier bearing pear tree.
Rootstock:Â Grafted on Calleryana, this rootstock is highly resistant to fireblight. We recommend you avoid all dwarfing rootstocks on pears in the South, as most are very susceptible to fireblight.
Ripening Fruit:Â For absolutely buttery soft pears, pick your fruit early, when the ground color (not blush) is just starting to lighten from green to yellow. Place fruit in a paper bag to finish ripening for a couple of days.
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We do NOT ship bare root: Â Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit.Â It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!
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Weather Watching:Â Â We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until itâ€™s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.
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