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.
Here is one we've brought back after encountering the fruit. As Raintree Nursery puts it, 'Everyone who sees and tastes these huge, handsome pears insists on buying a tree!' Bright yellow fruit has an orange-red blush. The flesh is creamy, smooth and meltingly juicy with a mild flavour like a Clapp's Favourite. The small core makes it easy to can. Productive tree, can benefit from support to prevent branch breakage due to fruit overload.
SEMI-FERTILE* | ZONE 4/5 | HARVEST: MID SEPT.