Summercrisp Pear

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Summercrisp Pear

Pyrus sp. ‘Summercrisp’

Description & Overview

Summercrisp pear was released by the University of Minnesota in the 1980’s. It is a very cold hardy variety that is a prolific producer of small, crispy pears (3″-3.5″ fruits) that are good for fresh eating only. A unique pear as it is best picked and consumed at the green/ripe stage when the fruit is crispy and not fully ripe. The fruit quality decreases rapidly if allowed to fully ripen. Stores for up to 3 weeks refrigerated.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 12 feet
Growth Rate: Slow
Growth Form: Upright tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Well-drained site
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Early May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: The green/yellow fruit ripens around August 10-15th in S.E. WI. Often develops a red blush on the sunny side of the fruit.

Suggested Uses:

We offer this variety on OH x Farmingdale 333 rootstock which is semi-dwarf. With pruning the tree can be kept to 15′ in height.

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Wildlife Value:

Relished by deer.

Maintenance Tips:

Best to prune only when dormant in winter/early spring to help avoid fireblight.


This variety is less prone to fireblight than most others.

Leaf Lore:

Excellent for children’s lunches due to the small fruit size. Learn more about Savoring Summercrisp Pear.

Companion Plants:

Summercrisp must be cross-pollinated with a different pear variety in order to produce fruit. Triploid varieties (Gourmet, Luscious) will not work as a pollinator.

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