20th Century Pear Tree

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Firm, Flavorful 20th Century Pear Tree

  • Mid-Season
  • 400 Chill Hours
  • Incredibly Juicy Fruit
  • Stores for Months
  • Heavy Bearing
  • Self-Pollinating, But You'll Get More Fruit With Shinseiki Planted Nearby
  • Cold Hardy
  • Precocious Tree Starts Bearing Early
  • Attractive, Symmetrical Tree
  • Lovely White Spring Blooms
  • Adaptive To A Variety Of Soils

Have you ever tasted an Asian pear? They make an amazingly juicy and refreshing snack. They are so crunchy, they've earned the nickname "apple pears."

You'll be excited to know how easy it is to grow your own. Nature Hills offers the expertly grown 20th Century Asian Pear Tree (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki')for your backyard orchard. The pears feature a sweet, mild flavor and an in-your-face juicy crunch.

These popular Asian Pear trees produce an abundance of juicy, sweet fruit that keeps for a long time after harvest. With beautiful yellow skin, and translucent flesh, 20th Century is a wonderful addition to your Edible Landscape.

It's a reliable producer that is self-pollinating. It also works well as a pollinator for other varieties. Of course, as with so many other "self-fruitful" plants, you will get a much larger fruit set with a pollination partner nearby, such as Shineiki.

20th Century is a widely adaptable variety. You'll love the high quality harvest from your very own tree.

Order yours today!

How to Use 20th Century Asian Pear in the Landscape

These robust trees have a vertical growth habit. They'll make a fabulous, energetic hedgerow. They stay narrow, not growing too wide or spreading.

Try a row of them along your fence. Or, make your neighbors jealous by running a series of Nature Hills' Asian Pear trees along the length of your driveway.

If you want a full privacy screen, allow these semi-dwarf trees to grow out naturally to their full width and height. Plant them 10 feet apart on center for canopies that grow together. Or, create trees that stand alone from one another, as in an orchard, with 15 feet apart on center spacing.

Measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

Even if you don't have much room, you can certainly add fruiting trees to your landscape. Simply plan to do an annual summer pruning for size control. Keep the trees 6 - 10 feet tall, as you like with tip pruning.

People across the country are waking up to the need for food security. Grow your own, and literally enjoy the fruits of your labor starting in mid-season.

Lovely form, spring flowers and glossy leaves make this an attractive tree in its own right. The glowing golden orbs of great-tasting fruit elevate it into a wonderful specimen tree.

Use it in a mulched bed anywhere in your landscape. You'll want to show it off, so why not use it as an "Edible Ornamental"?

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant your trees in full sun. They require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

They need to be planted in soil that drains quickly after a rain event. If you have poorly drained soil, create a raised bed for planting to help the roots receive adequate oxygen.

Carefully water in new trees with deep application as needed. Use the Finger Test to check for moisture below the surface.

Stick your finger into the soil near the tree. Is it moist? Skip watering that day. Is it getting dry? Time to water.

Prune 20th Century Pear tree in winter to correct shape. Remove crossing branches, water sprouts and suckers from the base of the tree. Tip prune for size control in summer.

Asian Pears produce heavy, round fruit. Plan to thin your harvest to one piece of fruit per cluster once the fruit reaches an inch wide. You'll appreciate the full-size fruit and healthy branch.

Don't miss your chance to own and grow your own delicious 20th Century Asian Pears. Order today, we will run out of these special trees.

20th Century Pear Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for 20th Century Pear Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems, and will often set fruit in their second or third years.

How Fast Do 20th Century Pear Trees Grow?

Pear trees are moderate growth rate plants and can add 12-18 inches and more per year in optimal conditions once they have established.

Where do 20th Century Pear Trees Grow Best?

Pear trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more.

Do You Need 2 Pear Trees to Produce Fruit?

All Pyrus varieties have different requirements to set fruit. While a few varieties are self-fertile but will always have a larger harvest with a pollination partner. 20th Century (Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki') is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with another pear tree.

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should 20th Century Pear Trees be Planted?

Bareroot Pear trees are best planted in the spring but container-grown Pear trees can be successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season as long as the ground isn’t frozen and they are carefully watered as needed. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

Harvest Times for 20th Century Pears

20th Century pears are typically ready to harvest in August.

How Do I Find 20th Century Pear Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for Pear trees at NatureHills.com online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely Pear tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it’s backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren’t sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your 20th Century Pear Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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20th Century Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pyrus pyrifolia 'Nijisseiki'
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Summer