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PlantFiles: Common Pear, European Pear
Pyrus communis 'Kieffer'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyrus (PY-russ) (Info)
Species: communis (KOM-yoo-nis) (Info)
Cultivar: Kieffer

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive collomia22 On Mar 30, 2014, collomia22 from Lillington, NC wrote:

Nice tree, very productive; fruit is hard, but great for baking. Very resistant to fire blight (a big problem in my area). Mine have required a lot of pruning to develop good form.

Positive plantaholic186 On Nov 15, 2009, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

This is a wonderful pear for espalier. Mine put on 4' - 5' annually, which means that any lost branches are replaced within one summer. There is some fall color, but it's fleeting and not terribly spectacular. The fruits do take a long time to mature, but can be eaten earlier, if you like crunchy pears with a very subtle taste. Excellent fruit for baking.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Kieffer is an old time pear. The trees where I grew up were very old in the forties. This is a large pear that is very hard until ripens. In Virginia this was about the first of October. They didn't reach good texture and flavor unti several weeks later. Biggest drawback was that they contained grit cells. Flavor is outstanding when ripe. They also grow here in Georgia but ripen too early for best flavor.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Watkinsville, Georgia
Winnetka, Illinois
Coushatta, Louisiana
Lillington, North Carolina
Camuy, Puerto Rico
Barnwell, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Spearfish, South Dakota
Elgin, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Hutto, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Palacios, Texas
Linden, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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