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What are Ussurian pears good for?

Posted by nick_b79 z4 MN (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 5, 08 at 23:35

I collected some seed from a mature specimen at the local arboretum without knowing much about the species, but now I'm scratching my head with what to do with the seedlings. The tree itself is attractive in spring while flowering, but the fruit is apparently inedible by humans.

I have found in my readings that they are very resistant to fireblight. Can the seedlings be used as rootstock onto which other, edible pear varieties can be grafted onto? Otherwise, they'll be going out to the woods for the wildlife (will wildlife enjoy those rock-hard fruits?). Thanks.

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RE: What are Ussurian pears good for?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 6, 08 at 18:54

Yes, I think this may be used for rootstock by some. Otherwise primarily an ornamental, as is Callery pear. Since the latter has also become a weed in eastern North America Ussurian pear may also have some pest potential. I haven't heard.

RE: What are Ussurian pears good for?

P.ussuriensis (Harbin pear) makes a good rootstock for Asian pear varieties - but I don't know which, if any, of the named varieties are reliably zone 4 hardy. I suspect most hardy european selections and hybrids would also be graft-compatible with P.u.

RE: What are Ussurian pears good for?

A great many cider apples are unpalatable as eating apples - has anyone tried making perry from Ussurian pears?

RE: What are Ussurian pears good for?

Rootstock and breeding. I think theyre also used for pollinating some pears as well (could only the the Ussurian hybrids). I have a "john" pear which is a hybrid with the russian pear. Nice looking trees and very very hardy. i have read conflicting reports of how the fruit tastes (for the hybrid).

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