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  • From: Louis Pittman <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Kieffer pear - early season bearer?
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:23:45 -0600

There's an 'Improved Kieffer' that someone(Clark DeLisle, maybe?) sent me a
few years ago. Is it different from the original, a budsport, or a
seedling with similar but ?better? quality? ... I don't know...

There are other 'sand pear' hybrids out there - like Garber, and, I
presume, Orient, Pineapple, etc. - and offspring of those hybrids crossed
with 'more desirable' European or Asian pears... like Ayers, Douglas,
Dabney, Mooers, etc.

Here's the NCGR Pyrus catalog of fireblight resistant varieties:

On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 10:33 AM Elizabeth Hilborn <>

> Hi folks,
> My Kieffer pear has not borne fruit for years due to a lack of
> pollinators. But this year, Carpenter bees and some miner bees helped us
> out. Our Kieffer tree bore a bumper crop in 2020.
> But this is my question: Now that I seek to buy a second Kieffer, the
> variety descriptions all state that they ripen in October, some say into
> November.
> In my orchard in 2020, the pears ripened in August-early September right
> after Harrow Delight and before Potomac.
> What gives? I bought this tree from Stark Brothers about 17 years ago. I
> had not noticed this discrepancy before. Are there different varieties
> of 'sand pears' called 'Kieffer' circulating out there?
> Thanks for any insight on this.
> Elizabeth Hilborn
> Zone 7a, central NC
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