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Pyrus Asian Pear cv. 20th Century

Asian Pears have an upright growth habit. I prune them rather hard to outward facing buds in order to encourage their spreading out. Besides their wonderful fruit they put on a great fall color display. I like both the turning leaves and the silhouette shape of the lower portion of the tree. The upper whips will be cut back leaving 3-4 leaf buds on each. More and the tree easily could break itself down under the weight of the fruit. This variety is more susceptible to fire blight than some of the other varieties. I have to watch particularly closely in the early summer to remove all damaged branches. The fire blight spreads very rapidly and can kill a tree in a season or two if left to its own devices.

Asian Pear, 20th Century