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20th Century Pear

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki'

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20th Century Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki' fruit

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki' fruit

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20th Century Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki'

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Asian Pear, Twentieth Century, Sand Pear

Description:

The most popular Asian pear by far, and among the most ornamental too; consistently produces loads of delicious oblong to rounded yellow-green fruit in summer, flowers render the tree a white-out in spring, orange-red fall color

Edible Qualities

20th Century Pear is a large tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces yellow round pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with hints of red and white flesh which are usually ready for picking in late summer. The pears have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating

Features & Attributes

20th Century Pear is clothed in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding tomato-orange in the fall. The fruits are showy yellow pears with hints of red, which are carried in abundance in late summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, 20th Century Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

20th Century Pear will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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