Russian Pears 1-2m (3-6') Bareroot trees
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Russian Pear : VEKOVAYA Standard (P. Ussuriensis)


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Vekovaya means 'century' in Russian, or more precisely 'a lady who is 100 years old or older', as it is the feminine form of the word. This grand old lady is reaping respect in some of the colder corners of this country. Vekovaya has an imposing presence. It is both massive and magnificent, with a rosy blush on it's smooth golden skin. Firm, crunchy flesh is very juicy with a complex flavour that is quite sweet, slightly floral, yet feisty enough to be memorable. If you are not of Russian descent, you may want to peel it for fresh eating, as the skin is rather astringent. Like most European pears it should be picked slightly green and will then keep for up to 3 months. The tree itself is reliable, productive and highly resistant to fireblight.


G41 Dwarf
G935 Small Semi-Dwarf
G969 Small Semi-Dwarf
G30 Semi-Dwarf
G890 Semi-Dwarf
Pollenator definitions
Some trees and many berry plants are SELF-FERTILE ̶means the insect pollinators or even the wind can pollinate the blossoms without the need of a second tree.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER ̶ means another tree of the same type or kind but a different variety must be blooming nearby at the same time.
EXAMPLE A Liberty apple and a Wealthy apple can cross-pollinate. Two trees of the same variety ie: ̶ 2 Wealthy apples, cannot cross pollinate because they are genetically identical.
Other trees are marked as SEMI-FERTILE. These will set fruit without a second tree. However they will often bear more, and sometimes larger fruit if another variety of the same kind of tree is nearby.
You can select 2 different trees of the same kind marked as NEEDS A POLLENIZER or plant one of those along with one SELF-FERTILE or one SEMI-FERTILE. Also consider ripening times ̶ a Goldrush apple might not start blooming before a Pristine is finished.

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