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Perry Pear - Hendre Huffcap OHxF87 Semi-Dwarf


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Here is a pear who must be in the running for 'Most Funky Name'. Especially considering that it is also known as 'Lumberscull'. Should you perchance attempt to eat one, you would likely question the sanity of the person who planted the tree! Hendre Huffcap is part of a venerable class of snobby British varieties used for the production of perry, which is the pear equivalent of apple cider. These pears are thought to have been introduced to England by the Romans about 2000 years ago. Hendre Huffcap is described as being 'one of the very best vintage varieties of perry pear with all the desirable orchard properties'. The golf ball sized fruit is sweet but astringent, with low acidity and low tannin. The reliable, productive tree seems to adapt well to North American conditions.


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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.