Juicy Jewel™ Asian Pear Tree
Juicy Jewel™ Asian Pear Tree can withstand even the coldest climates, this Asian Pear was selected by the incredibly talented plant breeders at the University of Minnesota for its ability to survive their frigid zone 4 winters. This is the first Asian Pear to be reliably hardy to Zone 4 and should open up the possibility of growing this delicious fruit to northern growers. A cross between Shinseiki and UMN’s ultra-hardy Summercrisp pear, Juicy Jewel is early ripening and is ripe when the juicy fruits begin to turn from green to yellow. Can be eaten immediately or stored for up to 3 months.
Latin Name: Pyrus communis x pyrifolia
Site and Soil: Asian Pears like full to half day sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: A vigorous and very productive rootstock for Asian Pears, Pyrus betuaefolia produces trees 10′-12′ in height. P. bet grows well in both heavy and light soils.
Pollination Requirements: For cross-pollination, plant two Asian Pear varieties or one Asian Pear and an early blooming European variety like Ubileen or Rescue.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 25° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Taste: Sweet, crisp
Fruit Skin: Yellow-green with occasional orange-pink blush
Fruit Size: Medium
Bloom Time: Early April
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Resistant to fire-blight.
USDA Zone: 4-9