Description & Overview

Summercrisp pear was released by the University of Minnesota in the 1980’s. It is a very cold hardy variety that is a prolific producer of small, crispy pears (3″-3.5″ fruits) that are good for fresh eating only. A unique pear as it is best picked and consumed at the green/ripe stage when the fruit is crispy and not fully ripe. The fruit quality decreases rapidly if allowed to fully ripen. Stores for up to 3 weeks refrigerated.

This plant is no longer in production. The product info remains for informational purposes.

Core Characteristics

Category: Fruit Trees

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

Mature Height: 15 feet

Mature Spread: 12 feet

Growth Rate: Slow

Growth Form: Upright tree

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well-drained site

Flower: White

Bloom Period: Early May

Foliage: Green

Fall Color: N/A

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: The green/yellow fruit ripens around August 10-15th in S.E. WI. Often develops a red blush on the sunny side of the fruit.

Suggested Uses

We offer this variety on OH x Farmingdale 333 rootstock which is semi-dwarf. With pruning the tree can be kept to 15′ in height.

Summercrisp pear was released by the University of Minnesota in the 1980's. It is a very cold hardy variety that is a prolific producer of small, cris…

Wildlife Value

Relished by deer.

Maintenance Tips

Best to prune only when dormant in winter/early spring to help avoid fireblight.

Pests/Problems

This variety is less prone to fireblight than most others.

Leaf Lore

Excellent for children’s lunches due to the small fruit size. Learn more about Savoring Summercrisp Pear.

Companion Plants

Summercrisp must be cross-pollinated with a different pear variety in order to produce fruit. Triploid varieties (Gourmet, Luscious) will not work as a pollinator.

Summercrisp pear was released by the University of Minnesota in the 1980's. It is a very cold hardy variety that is a prolific producer of small, cris…
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