Can someone please help me identify this pear tree. My grandma said she used to eat pears off this tree as a little girl, but someone else that saw it said those pears are typically not edible. Thank you so much in advance.
Where is the tree located? what does the fruit look like when ripe?
Welcome to the forum. It reminds me of an ancient pear that came with the property. It was somewhat gritty and about the size of golf balls but they were edible. We ate them until i needed to remove the tree. If it is that type of ancient sand type pear it should ripen this month.
Whoops LOL…I forgot that part. I’m in North Idaho Zone 6…but some people around here say we should be in a zone 5.
This property has been dormant since the 90’s. I don’t know that this tree has ever been pruned. We are finally building out on the property so I’m watering it. I plan on pruning in the Fall/Winter time and fertilizing too.
Is that tree on an old homestead place? My suscpicion is that it is. Mine was located on the backside of a pond they built with ox or mules. The dam was washed out on my old pond. Back to my question look around for old glass , plates , etc. Found some of these ox rings with a metal detector there which is how i know. The bad thing is thinking they were still worthless i tossed them away but now i know i threw $35 Yoke Ring, Antique Oxen Yoke Ring 5-3/32" Diameter, Forged Steel Ring | eBay
That is probably a seedling pear tree. I don’t think those are native to the US, they are seedlings from domesticated pears (pyrus communis) which are native to Europe as pyrus pyraster. It should be perfectly edible if that is the case.
Yes pyrus communis like this wildling. Several pear trees were found in that area around my pond but mine was the only one still producing.
They’re edible in the sense that they’re safe to eat. Whether or not they taste good enough to be worth eating is a different matter. You’ll need to taste them and see for yourself.