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20th Century (Nijisseiki) Asian Pear

Pyrus pyrifolia "Nijisseiki"

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Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-30 ft.

Mature Width:

8-15 ft.


Full Sun

Growth Rate:


Harvest Time:

August - October

Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Pyrus pyrifolia "Nijisseiki"

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Grow The Most Popular Asian Pear!

Everything about this tree is great. The 20th Century Asian Pear, or Nijisseiki as it is often called, is the perfect ornamental fruit tree for your yard. The fruit is incredibly delicious, nutritious and easy to grow. As an added benefit, you'll get a show stopping ornamental during every season.

Asian pears bring together the best of the apple and pear into one fruit. The 20th Century Asian pear smells just like a pear, but, like an apple, the outside of the fruit is crisp, firm and round. The flavor is like a pumped up pear, sweeter and warmer, but the flesh is smooth and incredibly juicy. There's a reason they call Asian pears "apple pears!"

Unlike many other fruit trees, you don't need to fuss with the 20th Century Asian Pear. With only a little pruning, you'll have a bountiful harvest of fresh, ripe fruit every single year. The harvest is simple because you can just pull the pear right off the tree and eat it.

You'll get more and more fruit every single year. The harvest of the 20th Century Asian pear grows over time, so you'll start out with a small harvest in the 2nd season and then every single year you'll likely get double or triple the fruit you had from the previous year. The Nijisseiki is self-fertile, but if you plant it alongside the other pear trees in your yard, each tree will produce even more harvest!

A big harvest doesn't mean wasted fruit. The 20th Century Asian Pear is one of the most durable fruits available after it has ripened. When it easily pulls off the tree, you can pick the fruit and store it in your fridge. It can stay there for up to six months without going bad. The Nijisseiki also makes the perfect canning and freezing fruits because their flesh is so dense and firm. You'll think of plenty of uses for your Asian pears and when you run out of ideas, you can just store them and enjoy them for the rest of the year.

The fruit is obviously a huge benefit, but that's not all you'll get out of this tree. In early spring, the 20th Century presents dramatic, showy, bright white blooms. The huge blooms contrast beautifully against the dark, glossy leaves and will fill your yard with an undeniably sweet fragrance.

You'll event get a gorgeous show in the fall. Just in time to harvest your delicious fruit, the 20th Century Asian Pear tree has one more gift for you. The dark, handsome leaves turn into a stunning fire-red when autumn arrives. Just imagine walking out to your tree and picking your pears from between the striking fall foliage.

The pears are sweet, but you don't need to feel bad for eating them. With very low calories and very high fiber counts, you'll feel full and satisfied without the guilt. The sweet, juicy treat is packed full of the nutritional benefits of Vitamin K, Copper and Potassium. Plus, it's a hypoallergenic food that's low in acidity. Sensitive eaters need not worry!

Start growing your sweet, juicy pears today. You don't want to miss the opportunity to have this tempting fruit in your garden. With very little effort, you'll get so much in return. Asian pear trees are becoming more popular each year, so don't miss out on your chance to find out why! 

20th Century (Nijisseiki) Asian Pear Pollination

20th Century (Nijisseiki) Asian Pear are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Excellent specimen
A truly exceptional tree, great form and delicious fruit!
July 12, 2017
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Good strong tree.
Pear tree is doing great. It did not loose a leaf. I also planted pear tree the day it arrived. Very strong hearty tree.
May 12, 2017
9 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your 20th Century (Nijisseiki) Asian Pear

20th Century (Nijisseiki) Asian Pear Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: Plant your 20th Century Asian Pear tree in a hole twice as wide and nearly as deep as the root's ball. You'll need to place it in a spot in your garden that gets full sun. If you get frost in the spring, be sure to cover your plant and provide a small heat source like a lamp. The 20th Century will need around 400 hours of chill time in temperatures above freezing, but below 45F. When you're done planting, add 2" of mulch near the base, but don't mulch around the trunk. Be sure to plant in well-drained soil.


Watering: In your 20th Century's younger years, you'll need to water it deeply once a week. As it matures, the summer rainfall will probably be sufficient. Re-mulch around your tree every Spring to help it retain moisture. If you have a dry summer, give your tree some extra water.


Fertilization: One month after planting, give your tree a half-pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer. You may need to give your tree a pound of fertilizer each year. If your tree is growing more than 2 ft' a year then don't add any more fertilizer.


Pruning: Pruning is essential for yielding the best results from the 20th Century Asian Pear tree. Keep in mind that for pears, it is quality over quantity. Your tree may want to produce tons of pears, which is fine, but make sure they aren't growing too close together. You want to keep 6 inches between each pear for the best results. Thin the limbs and branches as needed to prevent them from bearing too much weight.


Pollination: The 20th Century Asian Pear tree will self-pollinate, but you'll exponentially increase your yield if you plant it with another Asian or European Pear variety. For best results, space your trees 12'-15' apart.
Fire Blight: If you live in a warm, wet climate, your tree will be susceptible to fire blight. To prevent this disease from spreading, keep an eye out for leaves and twigs that look burnt and scorched. Cut the limbs several inches above the visible disease and it will not spread to the rest of the tree.

Harvesting: The 20th Century Asian Pear is easy to harvest. Once the fruit begins to firm and brown, it will probably be ripe. Ripe pears will easily break away from the tree with a simple twist. The best test, of course, is a taste test. The longer the fruit stays on the tree, the sweeter it becomes. There's no need to treat the 20th Century like a European Pear. It can fully ripen on the tree and be eaten immediately.

Planting & Care

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My son ruined my neighbors tree so I am replacing it.
melissa C on Aug 1, 2017
because i love Nijisseiki asian pear
Kinh N on May 17, 2017
My son ruined my neighbors tree so I am replacing it.
melissa C on Aug 1, 2017
Love pears. Wanted to try Asian pears.
Nicholas P on Jul 9, 2017
because i love Nijisseiki asian pear
Kinh N on May 17, 2017
Very expensive to purchase this fruit at a grocery so I want to grow my own
Mary K on Feb 8, 2017
Love pears. Wanted to try Asian pears.
Nicholas P on Jul 9, 2017
Very expensive to purchase this fruit at a grocery so I want to grow my own
Mary K on Feb 8, 2017
What time of year should this tree be planted in zone 7?
Lin A on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 20th Century Asian Pear is dormant right now. You can plant this tree in your zone when the ground is not hard from being cold so the roots can get established in the soft ground.

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