This very large, attractive, yellow fruit with reddish-orange blush, Rescue Pear, will grab your attention. Sweet, juicy and flavorful, Rescue Pear is great for fresh eating and drying. Well adapted to our Pacific Northwest growing conditions, Rescue is a vigorous, productive, and reliable variety.
The story goes that Knox Nomura, a nursery grower near Buckley, WA had fallen in love with the tree at an plant exhibition but the grower would never let anyone take cuttings from his tree. When the owner of the property passed away the house and tree was set for demolition to expand a neighboring cemetery but Knox was able to come in and, “rescue”, scion wood from the tree. He sent the cutting to Mount Vernon in 1975 for testing and the Rescue Pear was introduced in 1987.
Latin Name: Pyrus communis
Site and Soil: European Pears like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: A dwarfing rootstock for European Pears, OHxF 513 produces trees 10-12 ft. in height.
Pollination Requirements: European Pears need another variety nearby for cross-pollination. Our Asian Pear varieties can also be used as pollinators.
Hardiness: European Pears are hardy to minus 25°F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Early September
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our European Pear varieties are generally quite disease resistant and easy to grow. Except for occasional problems with Codling Moth, we have not seen significant insect damage on our varieties.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-11, 14-18
Sunset Northeast Zone: 32, 34-41