Next Tree Nearly Blooming

Flower and leaf buds.The blossoms of the Asian Pear are so close to opening up. The red tips of the new leaves pop out at about the same time and then will turn vibrant green.

This dwarf tree is about 5 years old now and has produced fruit each year. The tree is loaded with buds that will open in the next week or so.

Wikipedia states

The tree’s edible fruit is known by many names, including: Asian pear, Chinese pear, Korean pear, Japanese pear, Taiwanese pear, zodiac pear, and sand pear.

asian pearsAsian pears are not as pretty as the Bartlett variety or as big as the Bosc. They have a very sweet flavor with the crunchiness of an apple.

Even though they are one of the earliest trees in the garden to flower, they are one of the latest varieties to mature to ripe. I was eating the Asian pears right off the tree well after all the leaves fell from in the fall  and even after some of the frosty nights.

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