Pyrys pryrifolia ‘Korean Giant’
One of the very finest of the Asian pear selections for use in fruit gardens in the Southeast. Has a chilling requirement estimated at 800 hours below 45 degrees. Among Asian pear varieties available, Korean Giant and Shinko have the least problems with fire blight. Trees will reach 20 feet or higher but can be maintained at a height of 14 to 15 feet ( lower if grown on a trellis). Fruits are very large 3/4 to 1 1/4 lbs.,with outstanding flavor. Ripens mid to late September in central Alabama. Cross pollination required for full cropping. Shinko is ideal companion variety. Marginal in the warmer parts of coastal Alabama. Adapted to plant hardiness zones 6-8 and possibly further north. Plants are 3 gallon size and are shipped bareroot.