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Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Pyrus serotina hybrid

The Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree is one of the best pear tree options around for several reasons. First, this hybrid plant, which comes from the Pyrus genus, has massive fruits that can weigh up to one pound. Secondly, those fruits have more sweetness than just about any other pear in the world. Fortunately, the pears of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree have a great shelf life, often lasting for several months with the correct storage. 

  • The Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree offers fruits with a unique flavor. 
  • This tree has better disease resistance than nearly any other pear tree. 
  • The fruits of this tree have a long shelf life.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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You should plant your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree in an area that receives at least six hours of daily sunlight.

Watering

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Water this plant about once per week, increasing that rate during heatwaves and droughts.

Fertilizing

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Feed this plant monthly in spring and summer while young, using a balanced fertilizer. Reduce that rate to once annually when mature.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on January 10, 2023

Planting instructions

The best place to plant the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree is in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Ideally, the soil in that area will have great drainage and plenty of organic nutrients. To plant your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree, start by digging a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and about twice as wide. Backfill the hole while watering before covering the planting area with a healthy layer of organic mulch.

Watering and nutrients

You should water your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree multiple times per week to maintain consistent soil moisture throughout the establishment period. Following the establishment period, it’s best to continue watering your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree about once per week or more if needed. While the tree is young, you should feed it with a balanced fertilizer once per month in spring and summer. When the plant is mature, you can reduce your feeding schedule to once per year in spring.

Pollination

Pollination is crucial if you want your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree to produce fruits. Unfortunately, since this hybrid is not self-pollinating, you’ll need to plant another pear tree nearby to allow for pollination. Ensure that you select a pear variety with a bloom time that matches that of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree, which takes place during the spring. Once you plant both your pear trees, insects will arrive during the bloom time to transfer pollen from one plant to the other.

Pruning

You should prune your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree during the winter months while the tree is dormant. However, since this plant blooms on old wood, you should avoid over-pruning, as this can remove most of the coming season’s flowers. When pruning, start by removing any branch that is dead, damaged or diseased. You should also thin the canopy of this plant to allow for better airflow through the canopy, which will only increase this plant’s already impressive disease resistance.

Pests, diseases and animals

One of the primary selling points of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree is that this hybrid plant has fantastic disease resistance. While many other Asian pear trees commonly suffer from complications like fire blight, leaf spot, crown rot and other issues, the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree naturally resists these problems. However, it remains possible for this plant to experience a pest infestation. The most common pests that harm this tree are moths, aphids and scale insects.

Harvesting

If you care for your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree properly and plant it near another pear tree that is capable of pollinating it, you can expect it to reward you with a harvest of large, tasty pears. These pears are typically ready for harvest during the late summer and early fall. After picking your Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree fruits, you can eat them raw, use them for baking or store them in the refrigerator for up to half a year.

Achieving maximum results

It is vital to remember that the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree develops incredibly heavy fruits that can weigh a pound or more each. As such, you should use your pruning to help this plant develop a strong structure that is capable of holding those fruits while they ripen. The main way to do this is to encourage horizontal branches, which are typically stronger, while removing branches that grow at a narrow angle to the trunk and are more prone to breakage.

FAQs

How large does the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree Grow?

Although the fruits of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree are larger than nearly any other pear, this tree is not too large overall. Instead, it grows as a small to medium-sized tree. In most cases, this tree will reach a height of about 15 to 20 feet at maturity, with a spread that is about half that size.

Where does the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree grow?

Fortunately, the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree is a planting option that is available to gardeners throughout most of the United States. This plant is hardy throughout zones four through eight, a range that covers most of the lower 48 states. As long as the temperatures in your region don't drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, you should have no issue growing the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree.

What do the fruits of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree taste like?

The fruits of the Olympic Giant Asian Pear Tree are not only remarkably large, but they also have a noteworthy flavor that is unique among pears. Some describe this flavor as being similar to caramel, which makes this tree's fruits very popular for kids, or anyone with a sweet tooth. This strong sweetness makes these fruits a fantastic ingredient in cobblers, salads and plenty of other dishes.

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Mature height
18-20 ft.
Mature width
8-10 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Pyrus serotina hybrid
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AR,AZ,CA,ID,LA,WA
Grows Well In Zones
4-8
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Growing Zones: 4-8 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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