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Harrow Delight Pear Pyrus communis 'Harrow Delight'

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Description

This is a high-quality hybrid pear tree (Old Home x ‘Early Sweet’) x ‘Bartlett’ with an early bearing character. It is very resistant to Blight and Pear Scab. 

Although The Harrow Delight Pear tree is a heavy fruit bearing tree, it will take 2 to 3 years before your young tree will begin to produce fruits.  Its highest fruit production will occur every 2 years.

Proper placement of this tree can have a bearing on its successful fruit production.  Avoid low-lying areas where cold pockets of air can form.  A spot receiving full sun is required during the growing season in order for the fruits to succeed.  

When ripening is left to occur naturally, the fruits will not ripen evenly.  Remove the fruit from the tree before they are fully ripened and allow to ripen in storage for 5 to 7 days.  If they are left on the tree until they are soft to the touch, they will become a soft brown gritty mush.  

For the best production of fruits, prune your tree on an annual basis.  For the highest quality fruits, thin your tree in late spring or early summer.  The white flesh is juicy and sweet.

Propagation is typically accomplished by grafting, using a clonal rootstock, that is one that is produced from the same type of tree you are attempting to duplicate.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  The most serious pear disease is fireblight.  Insect issues can include leaf rollers, blister mites, aphids, caterpillars, and scale insects.  Powdery mildew is also an issue.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pyrus
    Species:
    communis
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe and western Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Easy to Grow
    Edible fruit
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Shade
    Edibility:
    It produces medium-sized, Bartlett-shaped yellow fruit with red blush. The flesh is smooth with almost no grit cells. The flavor is excellent. Ripens about two weeks before Bartlett.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Irregular
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    It produces medium-sized, Bartlett-shaped yellow fruit with red blush. The flesh is smooth with almost no grit cells. The flavor is excellent. Ripens about two weeks before Bartlett.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1.5 inch creamy white flowers bloom in early spring in clusters of 5 flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Smooth
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The simple green leaves feature fine teeth on the margin.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Lenticels
    Scaly
    Bark Description:
    Prominent lenticels that grow fissured and scaly with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Dwarf shoots on old wood. New stems are pointed.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators