An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
Introduced by Bill MacKentley of St. Lawrence Nurseries of up state New York. He considered it his best variety and named it after his daughter Nova. Large, thin skinned pear has a smooth, creamy texture. Delightful fresh eating and also one of the best for canning. Appears to be scab and fire blight resistant as well as self-fertile. Growth habit is more spreading than most pear trees. Nova is Naturally quite compact and nearly as hardy as Patten.
SEMI-FERTILE* | ZONE 3/4 | HARVEST: MID SEPT.