|Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Oct 6, 2013 7:20 AM|
NCGR-Corvallis said:Tennousi - Hybrid cultivar, low chill, fire blight resistant. Open pollinated seedling of Tennessee possibly pollinated by Hosui. Developed by Harris County, Texas extension agent Bill Adams, who collected seed of Tennessee about 1992. The only pear flowering nearby at the time was Hosui. Tennousi may be immune to fire blight. In 20 years it has never become infected in Natelson's orchard in Houston. Fruit large, uniform, round like Hosui, but with European pear texture and flavor; Ripens well on the tree; Does not oxidize when cut. One of the best pears for the Houston area. May be self fertile. Tree requires 550-600 chill hours.
This cultivar is being sold alongside Asian Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Hosui') in garden centers around Houston and I was pleased to be able to get one.
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