20th Century Asian Pear Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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The 20th Century Asian Pear (also known as the Shinseiki Asian Pear) is a productive grower that produces sweet, round, yellow pears with off-white, juicy, crisp flesh. 20th Century Asian Pear Trees bloom white flowers in early spring, and their fruit is ripe in late August. They do best in full sun and loamy well-drained soil. They are resistant to extremes of heat and cold, and will grow to about 10 feet tall and 7 feet wide.

20th Century Asian Pear Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 4 to 9. These trees need between 8 and 12 feet of space on all sides to accommodate growth. It is also good to place 20th Century Asian Pear Trees where they will have some air flow. Air flow helps to reduce fungus which can have a negative effect on new growth and blooms. A planting location with room for growth in an open, sunny spot is better than a crowded corner surrounded by walls, dense brush, or buildings.

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Pear Tree Care

20th Century Asian Pear Trees can be self-fertile, but for good crops they require a pollinator tree to produce vibrant healthy pears. Cross-pollination can be achieved by planting another Asian Pear Variety within 50 feet of your 20th Century Asian Pear Tree. Select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Be sure the soil drains well and keep the ground under the 20th Century Asian Pear Tree mulched and free of weeds and grass.

When planting be sure to dig a hole that is at least twice as big as the pot the tree came in. Do not over-bury and plant so the root ball is level with the soil surface after planting. Loosen the soil at the bottom and sides of the hole, and add organic material such as compost, leaves, or peat moss. Position the tree, back fill with soil, and water in well. Water once per week, or any time the soil is dry to a few inches below the surface.

Fruit & Harvesting

20th Century Asian Pear Trees grow large, yellow, round pears that are about the size of a softball. They are moderate growers, but can produce fruit in their first year in the ground. 20th Century Asian Pear Trees set white blooms in spring, and the pears are ripe between August and October. 20th Century Asian Pears are used for baking, preserves, salads, and eating fresh. Pick when they are bright yellow, fully rounded, and juicy-sweet.

In spring, dense white clusters of blooms decorate 20th Century Asian Pear Trees and provide a feast for the eyes, as well as for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The pears appear and increase in size until they are ripe in late summer and early fall. As the fruit is harvested and the trees make their preparations for winter, the leaves of the 20th Century Asian Pear Trees turn a striking deep red in the fall to give growers one final show for the year.

Growing Zones


20th Century Asian Pear Trees are relatively small. Since they grow to a natural height of 10 feet, they make a perfect candidate for growing in a container. Growing this beautiful pear tree with its golden-yellow round fruit in a pot on your patio makes an elegant statement. Choose a pot that allows the current tree’s root ball to grow, and has holes for drainage.

If you are growing a 20th Century Asian Pear Tree in a pot, it is important to give the tree as much sunlight as you can. Place the tree in a sunny south-facing window, or on a bright patio or deck. Be sure to only water the tree when the top 2-inches of the soil has dried. When watering place the tree outside, or use a potting saucer so the water can drain fully from the potting soil.


Do 20th Century Asian Pears taste like apples?

20th Century Asian Pears are sometimes called Apple Pears, because of their round shape. They are sweet and have crisp flesh, but the distinctive pear flavor distinguishes the fruit from having an actual apple taste.

Are 20th Century Asian Pears good for you?

20th Century Asian Pears contain many nutrients, such as Copper, Potassium, Vitamin K, Fiber, and a high water content. They are considered healthful, and are indeed good for you to eat.

Can you grow 20th Century Asian Pear Trees from seeds?

It may be possible to grow a pear seed into a tree, but doing so can take many years, and the fruit quality is unknown. The best choice is to purchase a grafted pear tree from a reputable grower.

Does the 20th Century Asian Pear Tree need a pollinator?

20th Century Asian Pear Trees can be somewhat self-fertile, and fruit can be grown on one tree. But it is far better to plant your 20th Century Asian Pear Tree with a companion Asian Pear variety for cross-pollination.