These pears are descendants of two Asian species: Pyrus pyrifolia (P. serotina) and P. ussuriensis. Trees grow to 25–30 ft. tall and about half as wide, but they are easily kept to half that size with pruning. These are quite beautiful trees, and would likely be grown as ornamentals even if they didn’t bear fruit.
Unlike European pears, Asian pears are generally round in shape, with a crisp, faintly gritty, firm to hard texture. Asian pears are often called apple pears because of their roundness and crispness, but they are not hybrids of those two fruits. All pears benefit from pollination by a second variety that flowers at the same time (consult your local nursery). European pears, however, are not reliable pollenizers for Asian types because they generally bloom later. Asian pears should be thinned to one pear per fruiting spur and should be picked ripe.
Fresh Asian pears are excellent combined with other fruits and vegetables in salads.
They need the same general culture as European pears but have a lower chilling requirement and a greater resistance to fireblight.