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Information on Pear Trees

By Karen Carter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Asian pear.

Pear trees are part of the Rosaceae family, which includes apples and roses. They prefer sunny, well-drained locations with rich soil. Pear trees are mostly propagated by grafting.

Geography

Pear trees originate in Asia, Europe and northern Africa.

Size

They can grow from 8 to 30 feet tall and 8 to 25 feet wide. Pear trees grow slowly.

Time Frame

Standard-size pear trees produce fruit in five to six years. Dwarf varieties can be harvested in three to four years.

Types

Pear trees come in many different types like Aurora, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Duchess, Moonglow, Seckel, Mericourt and Anjou.

Statistics

Ninety-percent of the pear crop produced in the United States is grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Problems

Fire blight and pear psylla are two diseases that affect pear trees. The infected branches need to be pruned and destroyed.

 

About the Author

 

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.