Can I plant Comice or Magness pear tree in Maryland ?

Asked December 28, 2017, 12:38 PM EST

Hello, Master Gardener: I live in Clarksville, Maryland. Having two mature asian pear tree already in my backyard, I’m considering adding one more pear tree. I tasted Comice pear during the holiday and love the taste of it. Researching online showed that Magness pear tree has similar taste and is native to Maryland. Question: 1. Can I just plant one Comice tree, will it pollinate with the existing asian pear tree ? 2. What’s the difference between Comice and Magness pear tree ? I never tasted Magness pear. Thanks and looking forward to your answer. Happy New Year!

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1 Response

Take a look at our website on pears including Magness and Comice. It is recommended to plant the most disease resistant varieties and you may eventually require a spray schedule for disease and insect control. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/pears
The Comice will not pollinate the asian pear trees. If you wanted to plant Magness, a European cultivar, you could plant the Comice and another cultivar. Pollen is sterile; must be grown with two other cultivars. See the pollination requirements at the bottom of the page. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/pears-selection-and-planting
May be helpful to look at Getting Started with Tree Fruits. Tree fruit nurseries and catalogs may offer more information. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/tree-fruits
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