He collected scions this year but i dont think he’s to a point of being able to sell them yet. I also gave him ayer not ayers and estella. He has had ayers for years. Ayer, estella, and douglas are grown by the ayer family in Douglas county kansas in the 1800’s. Hood is reportedly very good at most sites. @39thparallel left a little bit ago. Was showing him my next remote orchard site.
The problem is it is very inconsistent in production. Like a wild strawberry it is delicious but still more wild than tame. They dont store or ship but when they are on they are the best i ever tasted. Once you tasted them at their best nothing else will match them. Like a wild strawberry they can try to match the flavor but they cant.
I have limited Pear experience. Ayer’s is in year 2 here. There are a couple of Bartlett’s and a bit of leaf curl is the only thing I’ve seen on them. But we do not mess with them anyway. They are on the swamp line and critters keep fruit off of them.
Buerre d’Amalis (as sold by Fedco) is large and high quality mid season pear. I have seen some very large historic trees of the variety growing and producing untended, so it’s a hardy survivor and at least pest resistant. I grow Clara Frijs and really like that one. Dana Hovey is also a wonderful winter pear, great texture, flavor and sweetness.
I aim to pair dutchess d angouleme at my moms with a scion of this Clark’s pair of yours. Sounds funny. There are pollinators like callery and my pears 1/2 mile away but wat something close.
Hope it’s somewhat of a vigor match. Would it do best grafted on north or south? It’s on ohf84.
Experience taught me they are totally different pears. They look the same both with leaves and fruit. They even taste the same. Once you grow them both you will know they are as different as different can be. Magness is more prone to fireblight and at my location takes longer to produce. When it does produce its a shy bearer. Your experience might be the opposite. Im going to add some karls favorites grafts on magness also. All that said warren is hard to pollinate but it blooms and thats the first step to success.