Kieffer (also known as Keiffer) is a hybrid pear, which is cross between European pear (Pyrus communis) and Asian pear (Pyrus pyrifolia). The fruit is large and long. The skin is golden yellow with a crimson blush. The flesh is white, crisp, and juicy. Good for canning, baking, and preserves. Harvest the fruit when it still hard and store in a cool place. It reaches peak flavor when fruit gives slightly to the touch. Tree is hardy, vigorous, and comes to production early. Resistant to Fire Blight (FB) and tolerate hot climate. Ripens from mid-September to mid-October. Requires 350-400 chill hours. Grows zones 4-9.
Kieffer Pear Tree
Kieffer is cross between European and Asian pears. It is good for eating fresh, canning, baking, and preserves. Tree is hardy and tolerates hot climates.
General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall.
A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.