‘Summercrisp’ pear is hardy in most of Minnesota. To improve productivity, plant another type of pear to serve as a pollinator. Researchers are testing seven selections from which several new cultivars may be introduced in the next decade.
U of M Pear Varieties
|Parker||1934||Medium to large, roundish, yellow-bronze fruit. Popular for fine-grained, tender, juicy flesh. Fruit must be picked before it ripens. Upright, vigorous growing tree used as pollinator for ‘Luscious.’ Tree susceptible to fire blight.||Mid-August|
|Summercrisp||1985||Sweet flavored, crisp fruit. 2 1/2–3" in diameter and 3–4" long. Blooms early May. Fruit harvested when crisp, green with a red blush, and may be stored up to two months. Hardiest pear at University of Minnesota.||Mid-August|