Leona is an interesting pear very different from many I grow. Charles Harris has flowers this year as well. Cold may get them lets see what happens.
I hope they make it past the cold. That’s the problem with the early bloomers. Thanks.
Did you get to taste Leona this year?
No I didn’t yet.
Did you get any pears off of Charles Harris?
Just 1 and it’s not a fair sampling yet. Seems I might have had an inferior Leona at one point as well. When I get a small first year woody pear that’s not really fair to count that. If it’s 3 or more pears and second or third year I’m going to have a better idea of what it is then. Almost all 1st year fruit I would rate poorly. Leona is getting choked by an autumn berry i need to get off of it.
Rising Star might be a variety I am interested in, don’t know much about it, just like the article about this pear. Would like to know more about it.
Leona did not set fruit this year but it’s my fault I left autumn olives to encroach on it. Did prune those off of it now but it stunted the tree making it tall and skinny instead of full of fruit.
Leona is heavy with blossoms this year. The blooms are all in the top of the tree about 25 feet off the ground so i had to zoom in to take some photos. It will overlap other early blooming pears like ts hardy, douglas , kieffer, improved kieffer , Duchess D’ Angoulme , ya li, pai li etc. First i will find out if i like the flavor and go from there. Seems it produced a pear or two once but i didn’t make notes on first year pears. Don’t recall anything about them. The tree is a mess since it was growing in a wind break of autumn olives. Grafted this tree 7 years ago as shown above. Leona is a very rare southern pear. These are the types of pears i grow to determine if it will grow outside Texas. My suspicion is it wont have any problems. Many people suggested it would bloom to early but as you can see it appears ok. We wont know for sure until we are eating the type of quality pears many described as leona in Texas. It has bloomed many times. Today is march 28th 2023. Leona should overlap Charles Harris as well.
Charles Harris produced plenty last year. They were nice big pears. Quality was good but not great. They grow fine in Kansas.
Have you talked to Dr. Natelson since you left Texas? There are many varities like this and others he has preserved for that area.
I have 1 Charles Harris tree and one graft on another tree. Both are full of fruit buds this year.
Thanks for letting me know what you thought of yours.
The charles harris are nice big pears. Here is more about them Charles Harris Asian Pear
Many said Leona was very delayed fruiting, but i feel in comparison to many other pears it is about the same. My mother always told me count on an average of 7 years for good fruit production from most standard fruit trees. She meant apples or pears. Many are much shorter and some are much longer. It flowered fairly early for me.
Leona are doing great here in Kansas. They bloom with other early bloomers. The true test is how they taste this year. Today is April 11th 2023. This tree was neglected while i was very ill the autumn berries all but choked it out.
Douglas, duchess D’ angoulme, kieffer, improved kieffer etc. will all work as pollinators.
Nice fruits on the tree this year again!