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PYRUS 'Ayers'

Image of Pyrus 'Ayers'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRUS 'Ayers'

Plant Common Name

Ayers Pear, Pear

General Description

A hybrid whose ancestry includes common pear and Asian pear, ‘Ayers’ is valued for its short-necked, medium-sized, yellow fruit with a red blush. Ripening in late summer, the luscious, smooth textured flesh is very sweet.

Pears are beloved deciduous fruit trees that originate from Europe and Asia. They are medium-sized, have upright, pyramidal habits and thrive in most temperate regions. In spring, they produce white five-petaled flowers that are fragrant and attract bees in droves. The trees set more fruit if other cultivars are nearby for cross-pollination.

Usually picked before the peak of ripeness, pears can store well with refrigeration for an extended period. Firm fruits will soften fast if they are placed in a brown bag overnight at room temperature with a couple of ripe bananas. Eat pears when the skin gives slightly when pressed. They taste great with sharp cheese and also make superb cakes, tarts, brandy and butter.

Pears grow fruit best in full sun, though they can also tolerate partial sun. They prefer light, rich soils with good drainage but will tolerate heavier, clay-rich soils. This cultivar needs around 950 chilling hours (below 9 degrees C or 45 degrees F) to produce fruit. It is considered one of the hardiest pear cultivars. Most pear trees are grafted onto rootstock, which may impart a variety of characteristics to include compactness, disease and pest resistance, and vigor.

Plant pears as freestanding trees or train them into espaliered forms. Avoid hard pruning and fertilization because they promote fast-growing twigs that are especially susceptible to fire blight, which can disfigure and even kill the tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-25' / 3.0m - 7.6m (10)

  • Width

    10'-25' / 3.0m - 7.6m (12)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No