Pear - 'Bosc' Semi-Dwarf Pear Tree
'Bosc' fruit both looks and tastes beautiful with a naturally occurring russet, radiating a gorgeous golden appearance. The juicy, firm flesh is sweetly-spicy and is absolutely delicious with it's crunchy texture! 'Bosc' pears remain firm and keep their classic shape during cooking. It is a high-quality, vigorous, and productiver pear that matures mid-season about 20 days after Bartlett. 'Bosc' trees are large with upright growth. The fruit is large and narrow shaped with a long neck; skin color is dark yellow with russet. Pear is juicy, sweet and tender. Good for canning, and fresh eating and does not need to be peeled before eating. European pears are late blooming, tolerant of heavy wet soils, and a good choice for many areas. Plant at least two varieties for best results. Harvest 3rd year.
Hardy to a zone 4, the 'Bosc' Pear should reach 15' high and 18' wide under ideal conditions. Like most other fruit trees, pears require well-drained, moist soil but not standing water and full sun. Like any fruit bearing trees, these can be messy if fruit is allowed to drop on driveways or lawns and streets. Disease problems to watch for in pear trees include anthracnose, canker, scab, and powdery mildew. Insect visitors include pear psylla, coddling moth, and borers. Stony pit virus is common in Bosc. Susceptible to codling moth and some to fire blight. Requires cross-pollination with another pear to set fruit. Consider 'Summercrisp', 'Bartlett'.