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Family Park Hybrid Pear Seeds and Scions

25 Seeds + Scions LPPE_S-25+SC $240.00 Out of stock
1000 seeds+SC, FPHP_S-1000-SC $240.00 Out of stock

 

currently unavailable The Family Park trees were discovered at the edge of a park I use to go to with my family. You could always bike ride there and they had a great playground. Aptly named Stoudt Family Park, the pear trees were once part of an old homestead where they created a mini forest of tall trees to 50 ft. with few lower limbs. The apartment complex just skimmed the orchard but luckily sparred the trees. I spotted the trees in full bloom while visiting the park with my family in early spring. I later came back to find the ground densely covered with fruit surrounded with a delicious pear like aroma hanging in the air like incense. I collected a full pick up load and processed them by hand to extract the seeds. After planting in the fall, several thousand seedlings grew nicely the next year. After a few years, two trees looked very promising in terms of their growth rate and clean foliage with no black spot or fireblight. These two trees ended up in my orchard and forest plantings. As time went on these two trees were obviously crossed with other pears and had showed excellent growth and vigor with huge fruit yields. Even the birds took notice in November as the fruit bletted on the trees. One tree in particular is now close to 50 ft. tall and is a narrrow pyramidal shape. A similar seedling from the Maine variety Stacey pear has identical growth and fruiting characteristics. Super heavy foliage and branch production creates a dense crown with strong upright growth. These two selections are used for creating the Family Park trees. Scions are also included to reproduce them clonally. 

Family Park represents a hybrid swarm very similar if not identical to LeConte pear discovered in the early 1800's where people used these crosses from seed and cuttings to create pears that could be stored for winter usage. There were not necessarily eating pears but canning pears used in conjunction with syrup or sugar or stored as is to let them blet and break down a bit before eating. This is probably not done to any extent anymore. The unique genetics of this cross really represents a way to create even more vigorous seedlings with the possibility of developing tart pears that ripen late and eventually create a whole new flavor profile not found in the pears we eat today. Not that those are bad, they just all land in the bland but good camp. Sure I like the Harry and David pears, but is there more? 

Family Park pears can be used for rootstocks, fruit production for wildlife and the development of new pear varieties with tart fruit. The clean foliage and strong growth habit also could create a new line of timber and ornamental pears with fruit production as secondary.  Agroforestry applications could combine grafting over the vigorous rootstocks and to create pear windbreaks that could double as evaluation plantings for human consumption by finding pears for healthy compounds as was done with the wild Asian pears. 


Plant Specs
Genus & Species Pyrus x communis hybrid

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