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Niitaka asian pear trees

Pyrus pyrifolia 'Niitaka'

Niitaka is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

If you are looking for the largest possible Asian pears then Niitaka is a good choice as it is capable of producing very large fruits. The pears are shaped very much like apples, and have a golden russet skin, flecked with lenticels, and a crisp juicy texture.

Niitaka pears also store very well, up to six months in domestic conditions.

Niitaka asian pear trees for sale

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  • Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $38.95
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
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How to grow

In order to achieve the maximum fruit size, and best flavor, it is important to be quite aggressive in thinning the fruitlets once they have set in late spring. Failure to do so will result in a larger number of smaller fruits, and can also lead to branches snapping under the weight.

Although generally disease-resistant, Niitaka (and many other Asian pears) is quite susceptible to fireblight.

Niikata is not self-fertile and needs to be pollinated by another different Asian pear variety planted nearby. Many early or mid-bloom European pears will also pollinate it.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Niitaka characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorRusset