Growing wildlife pears and apples is getting to be a big thing. Some websites make a booming business from it. Wondered if anyone is involved in selling or growing wildlife pears? Here is an example http://www.wildlifegrowers.com/ and another http://www.nativnurseries.com/p-51-wild-deer-pear-pyrus-communis.aspx
I am, probably 50% of my business comes from guys planting for wildlife habitat projects. I have a couple wild seedling pears that I am trialing now for future sales. I wouldnt say its a booming business but some people are better at hyping things than others. Actually most of the large commercial nurseries offer some kind of “wildlife package”.
The Wildlife Group, back in my old stomping grounds in East Alabama offer a number of local/regional Southern pear selections for folks to plant out on hunting properties as soft mast sources
I have several of the varieties they offer - having gotten them from Drs. Nunn (at Loachapoka) and Griffith (at Dadeville) many years ago. Also have another one that I discovered in 2007, in Tallapoosa Co., AL… New Year’s Day… I spotted the tree from the road… still loaded with fruit, and the ground littered with round russeted pears. May have some fruits this year to taste… those I saw in '07 had been through several freeze/thaws and weren’t really edible by human standards… but I’m betting the deer will eat them!.
I’m topworking ‘volunteer’ callery pear seedlings around the farm to wildlife-friendly pears… and there are more and more calleries popping up around the place every year.
Sounds like a great plan turning wild callery into usable fruiting pears! I do that a lot myself. Let us know how they turn out!