The Perdue Pear Tree is a new, patented cultivar that miraculously sprouted from seed at the Perdue family farm in Rosendale, Louisiana. Perdue Pears are of exceptional quality, with a deliciously sweet pear flavor. The Perdue Pear flavor has been described as creamy, sweet, and even reminiscent of the Golden Delicious Apple. The Perdue produces very juicey, sweet pears, and has noticeably less grit cells than traditional southern pears. Perdue Pear fruits are large greenish-yellow pears that have smooth, slightly blotched skin, and a typical pear shape.
In early August, they are ready to eat as firm, green pears but will gradually ripen to a golden brown, soft pear, if preferred. The Perdue Pear Tree is large (20') with strong limbs that grow at wide angles, and usually don't require support. The Perdue Pear bears abundant clusters annually and no fire blight has been observed. The L.S.U. horticulturalists believe it to be self-fertile, but a pollinator is recommended for maximum production. (200+ Chill Hours requred) Grows in zones 6-9b.