Olympic Asian Pear Tree
The Olympic Asian Pear tree, a remarkable fruit-bearing cultivar, is known for its sweet and crisp pear varieties. With a moderate growth rate, these trees typically reach heights of 10-15 feet, making them suitable for various garden sizes. They are known for their smooth, golden-yellow skins and juicy, refreshing flesh. They are excellent for fresh consumption, salads, desserts, and even canning due to their sweet taste and firm texture. A well-drained soil and full sun exposure are ideal conditions for these pear trees, which will produce the most fruit when regularly watered and pruned. The Olympic Asian Pear tree is generally harvested in late summer or early fall when the pears have developed their signature golden hue
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Pollination: Needs cross pollination
- Harvest Period: late August
- Storage: About a month
How to Water a Olympic Asian Pear Tree
- Water your tree with a garden hose or a watering can.
- Water the tree deeply when you see the soil has dried out.
- Additionally, water the tree slowly and evenly all around the root zone.
- In fact, avoid splashing the leaves with water, as this can cause fungal diseases.
- Let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Mulch around the base of the tree in order to help retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
- Lastly, provide supplemental water during periods of drought or dry weather.
- Follow this link for more detailed instructions on how to water a pear tree.
Planting and Caring for a Olympic Asian Pear Tree
- 1. Choose a sunny spot in your yard that is sheltered from the wind. Make sure the soil is well-draining.
- 2. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of your tree.
- 3. Remove the tree from the container and place it in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil.
- 4. Backfill the hole with the soil you removed earlier and pat it down firmly.
- 5. Water the tree deeply and mulch the area around the trunk in a 3-4 inch layer.
- 6. Prune the branches to the desired shape and size.
- 7. Feed the tree with a fertilizer designed for fruit trees.
- 8. Watch your Olympic Asian pear tree thrive in its happy home.
- For more detailed instruction on how to plant a pear tree, follow this article.
What is a Rootstock?
A rootstock controls the tree’s size, precocity, cold hardiness, and partly its disease resistance (such as fireblight). In order to grow a reliable and high quality fruit tree, growers graft the scion, which is above the ground and responsible for the fruit’s characteristics and disease resistance, onto the rootstock, which is underground.
How to Choose a Rootstock?
A rootstock that grows well in one location, may not grow well in another. Therefore you must consider your specific site considerations before choosing a rootstock. When choosing a rootstock, some considerations for growers are
- what size tree is optimal for your site
- how well the rootstock adapts to your soil
- the disease pressure on your site
- how well the rootstock anchors
- precocity (bearing fruit at a younger age)
If you are new to rootstock, don’t worry! We aim to grow our trees on reliable and virus free rootstocks. From our experience growing in New York, we have found the Budagovsky, Geneva, and EMLA series to be great options since they are virus free and produce very healthy trees.
How to Prune Olympic Asian Pear Tree?
- First, prune the Olympic Asian pear tree in mid winter or early spring, when the leaves fall.
- Cut off any dead, diseased, or damaged branches.
- Remove any crossing branches.
- Prune the central leader (main trunk) and any upright branches, leaving branches that grow outward.
- Cut back branches that are too long or have grown too close to the ground.
- Thin out the branches to allow more air and light to penetrate the center of the tree.
- Prune the sides of the tree to shape it and keep it to a desired size.
- Remove any suckers (new shoots growing from the base of the tree)
- Lastly, prune with a smile on your face and enjoy the beauty of your tree!
- For more detailed instruction on how to prune a pear tree, follow this article.
Olympic (“sweet pear”, also known as Danbae, Korean Giant, Arirang) is large, late season, russet skin pear from Korea. It is cross between Chojuro and Cheongsilri. Released in 1969 by Nationl Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, South Korea. The fruit is large with brown russeted skin, juicy, and sweet. The fruit ripens late, about 2 weeks after Ya Li. Tree shows medium cold hardiness. It grows zones 5-8. The Korean name Danbae means “sweet pear”. Arirang is a trademark name used by nurseryman H.S. Moon of Oroville, Washington. Marketed as Olympic by Fowler Nurseries, Necastle, California.