08. Pears

Pears ~ $48.00

Budded onto quince rootstock grows 5-6 metres. (Semi dwarf)

Pears grown on quince rootstock create a smaller tree, perfect for the home garden. They are also a beautiful specimen tree used in avenue plantings, full of white blossoms in spring finishing with firery autumn colour.

Pear production in New Zealand has relied solely on overseas cultivars such as Doyenné du Comice from France, William’s Bon Chrétien from the UK, and Packham’s Triumph from Australia. This may change as new cultivars from the HortResearch breeding programme become available. In the late 1980s a pear grower near Motueka found a natural sport of Doyenné du Comice with russetted (coarse brown) skin, which was named Taylor’s Gold. As the export packout (proportion of fruit which was export grade) from this new cultivar was considerably higher than that of its parent, Taylor’s Gold was planted during the 1990s, and now contributes 50% of export pears. Source: John Palmer. 'Apples and pears - Cultivars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12 URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/apples-and-pears/page-3

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