Pear Tree Identity

Asked September 14, 2017, 12:50 PM EDT

I have a sample of a pear tree growing in Benzie County. There are 3 of the same variety of trees growing near each other and they are about 16" in diameter and 40' tall. The fruit is small, about 1 1/2" to 2" long and rounded towards the base with a short neck. This is the largest the fruit grows before falling to the ground about this time of the year. The fruit remains green in color and bitter/tart and is not juicy at all. The leaves are leathery and have long stems protruding from the main stem which is brown and woody. Leaves are finely serrated and slightly hairy on the back sides. Can you help to identify the variety of pear this might be? Also, can you give advice on how to get better and more ripened fruit?

Benzie County Michigan

1 Response

If the fruit load is heavy and or the tree is struggling, this could greatly inhibit fruit size and ripening.

Based on the fruit size and the acidic flavor, It might be a seckel pear which stays firm & is used mainly for baking. Normally it is a midseason pear, but as mentioned above, if the tree is struggling or the fruit load is high, ripening will not be normal.

Another possibility is that this is a conventional pear variety such as a Bartlett but does not have a pollination partner (another variety) to provide pollen, and thus the fruit do not size or develop properly. Most pear varieties require a compatible pollen partner. Bartlett leaves can be slightly hairy on the underside.