How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear is a top-quality variety of these delicious fruits, which combines the crunch and tang of apples with the sweetness and floral perfume of pears. The apple-shaped fruits have a russet skin and white flesh, and ripen on the tree to perfection. Once harvested they can be stored for 3 months in the fridge, so nothing gets wasted. Much easier to grow than European pears, it makes an attractive small tree around 15 feet tall, with profuse spring blooms of creamy-white and red fall leaves.
- Delicious crunchy fruits like apples
- All the fragrance and sweetness of pears
- Resistant to diseases that kill European pear trees
- Fruit stores for 3 months in the fridge
- Plant another Asian pear for pollination
Full sun gives the best results with the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear. It grows best in richer, well-drained soils, so use compost to enrich the soil, and as mulch. It has good resistance to fire-blight that so easily kills other pear trees, and it is much tougher and easier to grow. Prune to develop an open form that ripens the fruit best, and plant a second, different variety of Asian pear to act as a pollinator.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8
- Mature Width 9-13
- Mature Height 12-20
- Soil Conditions Moist, Well-Drained Soil
- Sunlight Full Sun
- Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
If you love the complex and fragrant flavors of pears, but also the crunch of a good apple, then Asian pears are for you. Still relatively new in our markets, and always at premium prices, these delicious and unique fruits have everything going for them. It might come as a surprise, but they are also very easy to grow at home – not at all difficult and disease-prone the way European pear trees are. They are resistant to the scourge of fire-blight, so they grow well in ordinary gardens, and you can be harvesting big crops within a few years. Growing your own fruit is intensely satisfying – and financially rewarding too, with big savings that put the freshest of fresh fruit on your family’s table. The ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear is a classic Japanese variety that is rarely available, but highly-prized, with a perfect balance of flavors – sweet and floral, but still with a tang and a satisfying crunch when you bite into it. As well, they store easily for 3 months or even more, and they are great for salads, baking and for drying into tasty pear slices for snacking. Treat yourself and your family, and start growing Asian pears – you won’t believe how rewarding it is.
Growing the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear
Size and Appearance
The ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear is a medium-sized deciduous tree that typically grows to around 15 feet tall, but can be a little smaller or even a bit bigger. It has a spreading crown around 10 or 12 feet wide. The broad oval leaves have a bronzy tone when they are young, quickly turning a deep and healthy dark green. Fall leaves are often bright red, which adds to the decorative qualities of this tree. In spring the branches are decorated with clusters of creamy-white flowers that are richly-fragrant and attractive to bees and other pollinators. The new leaves begin to appear as the flowers mature, and they soon hide the tiny pears that quickly develop, until they become too large to remain hidden. The fruits are medium-large, usually 3 to 4 inches in diameter, and shaped like an apple, not a pear. The skin is beige, with many tiny near-white spots on it, looking like a russet apple. You can eat the skin, or peel it – your choice. The flesh is white and moist, with a firm, crunchy texture and a delicious floral/butterscotch flavor you will adore. There is just enough acidity to keep it from being bland and over-sweet.
Use the fruit to eat fresh, or add to salads. Bake them into muffins, and for tarts and pies they are especially good, because the slices hold their shape and don’t become mushy. They can also be dried into long-lasting tasty slices. Fruits ripen on the tree, and are ready to harvest when the skin turns from green to yellow. This is usually in September, but your local climate may cause that to vary. These fruits can be kept for up to 3 months simply by storing them in the crisper of your fridge. You won’t be trying to get rid of a ‘fruit glut’ when you grow this pear – you will be able to eat them all.
Using the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear in Your Garden
This compact tree is easily attractive enough to grow on your lawn – you don’t need an orchard. Plant it wherever you would grow a decorative tree, and enjoy watching it change through the seasons. Like almost all Asian pears, the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear needs a second tree to act as a pollinator, otherwise it will produce no more than a handful of fruit. European pears don’t work, as they bloom too early, so grow another variety of Asian pear, such as ‘Chojuro’, or a hybrid like ‘Orient’ or ‘Pineapple’. Since these trees are quite small, it’s easy to fit a second tree into your garden – and that means more fruit to enjoy or share.
The ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear grows in all moderate climates, from zone 5 to zone 8, without trouble. It is not as demanding for climate as European varieties.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
Grow your ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear in full sun for the best results. It grows best in more fertile soils that are well-drained. Enrich the soil when planting, and cover the root-zone with a rich organic mulch like garden compost. Keep grass and weeds away from around it and water deeply during extended dry spells.
Maintenance and Pruning
Although you might encounter some minor pests, this tree is resistant to serious diseases. Prune in late winter and develop an open, spreading crown, removing crowded branches and shortening side-shoots. Once the pears are developing it is best to thin out the crop, leaving one or two fruits at each cluster. Otherwise you will have a heavy crop of tiny fruits with little flesh, rather than big juicy pears.
History and Origin of the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear
The Asian pear, or sand pear, Pyrus pyrifolia, has been grown in Japan for 2,000 years, but it was only in the late 19th century that growing outside home gardens began. Among the first named varieties were ‘Chojuro’ and ‘Nijisseiki’. Government research stations bred varieties in the 20th century, and in 1941, in Okayama, breeders crossed ‘Nijisseiki’ with a variety called ‘Amanogawa’. A great new variety was the result, which was called ‘Shinko’. Although considered a top variety for flavor, it is still mostly grown on a smaller scale in Japan, and rare in America outside of specialist markets.
Buying the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear at the Tree Center
If you haven’t tried growing your own fruit, the ‘Shinko’ Asian Pear is a great place to start. You will love the combination of crunch and fragrant pear flavor, how long you can store them, and how easy and disease-free the tree is to grow. Order now, because this highly desirable variety is always in short supply, and sells out fast.