Summercrisp Pear

  • Zone: 3
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Texture: Crisp
  • Bloom Time: Early May
  • Harvest Time: Mid-August
  • Size: Prune to desired height
  • Uses: Eating

The largest pear trees I've ever seen were the Summercrisp pear, at the home of the Honeycrisp apple. Recognized as the hardiest pear from the University of Minnesota, released in 1985. Free of fireblight. Fruit is pyriform in shape, 2.5-3" in diameter and 3-3.5" long. Blooms early in May. The fruit should be harvested in mid-August when crisp and still green with a red blush. Fruit harvested at that time is sweet and crisp, and may be stored up to 2 months. Parker or Patten are good pollinators for this one.