20th Century Asian Pear Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 4 - 9 / in Pots: 4 - 11


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Sometimes called Shinseiki Asian Pear, the 20th Century Asian Pear is a vigorous tree that grows round yellow pears with sweet off-white flesh that is both juicy and firm. Twentieth Century Asian Pear Trees are suited to growing outdoors in USDA Zones 4 to 9. They display white blooms early in spring and the pears start to ripen near the last weeks of August. 20th Century Asian Pear trees perform well when they get full sun and are planted in rich, quick-draining, loam soil.

20th Century Asian Pear Trees are small fruit trees, with mature specimens reaching heights of 10 feet and widths of about 7 feet. You can prune them to maintain even smaller sizes, or grow them in a pot on a patio or in a sunroom. In addition to their small size, 20th Century Asian Pear Trees also tolerate extremes of both heat and cold. The 20th Century Asian Pear Tree is easy to grow, forgiving of temperature swings, stays relatively small, and produces round, sweet, crisp pears.

20th Century Asian Pear Tree Care

20th Century Asian Pear Trees can grow some fruit through self pollination, but for a tree to produce heavy crops it will require a pollinator companion. The best way to Cross-pollinate a 20th Century Asian Pear Tree is by planting another Asian Pear Variety within fifty feet. The best location is one that receives six hours or more of direct sun each day, and has soil that drains well. A grouping of three Asian Pear Trees can be positioned to create your own mini pear orchard, and will provide habitat for birds, shade, and delicious fruit for years.

When you are ready to plant a 20th Century Asian Pear Tree in the ground, prepare a hole that is two times the width of the new tree’s root ball. Turn the soil at the bottom of the hole and add organic compost, leaves, or peat. Gently Position the tree with the root ball’s top level with the soil’s surface. Backfill the hole with soil and water the newly planted tree in well. Water once per week or any time the soil is dry to a few inches below the surface.

Fruit & Harvesting

The fruits of the 20th Century Asian Pear Tree are quite large reaching sizes of between 4 and 5 inches in diameter. These large round pears are yellow, round, and have sweet crisp flesh. They grow at an average pace but are capable of growing pears in their first year. 20th Century Asian Pear Trees bloom white flowers in spring with fruit ripening from August through October. The pears are good for eating fresh, using in baked goods, making pear preserves, or tossing in salads. Harvest 20th Century Asian Pears when the fruits are a deep, rich yellow. Ripe 20th Century Asian Pears will be fully rounded, juicy, and sweet.

Growing a 20th Century Asian Pear Tree provides year round enjoyment as the tree progresses from one beautiful stage to the next. The 20th Century Asian Pear Tree’s prolific blossoms attract honeybees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds throughout the spring. In fall the trees are decorated with their large, round, yellow fruit. Just before winter 20th Century Asian Pear Tree leaves turn from green to yellow to deep red to give you a final show before going dormant for winter.


These trees do best when given ten feet or more of growing space on all sides. Open space around a new 20th Century Asian Pear Tree not only allows room for pruning, watering, and harvesting, but also helps with air flow. Stagnant air can foster continual moisture and cause fungus to appear on new growth and blooms. Such fungus can impair bloom and fruit production. Giving the tree enough space and allowing air flow is the best way to prevent damage from fungus.

Since 20th Century Asian Pear Trees are relatively small (10 feet tall) they make a great choice for growing in a pot. Use a pot that has at least 3 or 4 inches of growing room on all sides and below the existing tree’s root ball. The container must have holes for drainage, and the potting soil should drain well. Plant the tree so that there is about 2 inches of space at the top of the container for watering. Place your potted pear tree in the sunniest spot available, and water when the soil surface is dry down to 2 inches.


What do 20th Century Asian Pears taste like?

Although 20th Century Asian Pears are nicknamed Apple Pears due to their round shape, they have the flavor of a crisp sweet pear.

Are 20th Century Asian Pears considered health food?

20th Century Asian Pears are packed with Fiber, Potassium, Copper, and Vitamin K. They have a high percentage of water and are regarded as a good source of nutrition.

Can you cook with 20th Century Asian Pears?

While 20th Century Asian Pears are one of the best fresh eating pears, they are also great for cooking, poaching, baking, cider, and preserves.

Do 20th Century Asian Pear Trees require a pollinator tree?

20th Century Asian Pear Trees can grow some fruit as a single tree, but growing them with a companion Asian Pear Tree will dramatically improve yields.