The Q&A Archives: Espalier Asian Pears

Question: Are the Asian pears 'Hosui' and '20th Century' suitable for espalier training? In particular, are they spur bearing trees? If not, are there other Asian pears that are good for Belgian fence type espalier?

Answer: Asian pear trees can be successfully espaliered. Train and prune just like you would a European pear or an apple tree. Asian pears tend to overbear so thin the clusters for larger, sweeter fruit.

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