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Dr. Deer Pear

$85.00

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A very special selection that will be of great interest for wildlife food plots due to its later-than-typical fruiting. Discovered and trialed by Dr. James Kroll (aka “Dr. Deer”) from Stephen F. Austin State University it is invaluable for providing late fall fruit when little else is available. Large clusters of small fruit characterize this selection. Self-fertile but increased fruit set is likely with the presence of another pear cultivar nearby, and can be combined with our other earlier-fruiting selections to have a long season of fruit availability.

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This is a very special selection that will be of great interest for wildlife orchards due to its later-than-typical fruiting. Discovered and trialed by Dr. James Kroll (aka "Dr. Deer") from Stephen F. Austin State University, it is invaluable for providing late fall fruit when little else is available. Large clusters of small fruit characterize this selection. It's self-fertile, but an increased fruit set is likely with the presence of another pear cultivar nearby. It can be combined with our other earlier-fruiting selections to have a long season of fruit availability.

The exact origin of the Dr. Deer Pear remains somewhat of a mystery, however the general consensus is that it is most likely a hybrid of one of the Pyrus communis cultivars and Pyrus calleryana. It is not a Bradford Pear and is not invasive. The "mother tree" was planted by Dr. James Kroll many years ago as part of one of his first experimental "Deer Orchard" plantings at his 300 acre research facility in Nacogdoches, TX. It was part of a mixed bundle of fruit trees that he purchased and installed with little documentation available. It was a few years later that he observed a few unique characteristics of this particular tree that gave it great potential as a wildlife habitat plant.

It was the first pear to begin producing fruit in the orchard (3 yrs).

It was consistently prolific in its fruit production.

It produced fruit that were comparable to golf balls.

It held on to its fruit into late November and into December in northeast Texas.

Sometimes, it is better to be lucky (and observant) than good. Since then, tens of thousands of Dr. Deer pears have been sold to land managers from USDA hardiness zones 5-9. Every Dr. Deer Pear is a genetic clone of the Mother tree.

Common Name Dr. Deer Pear
Scientific Name Pyrus sp. ‘Dr Deer’
Wildlife Value Cover, Fruit
Size 5 Gallon Rooted Container
Height 4-5'

Zones

Vegetation Zone 5-9 Green
USDA Zone 5 - 9
Exposure Full Sun to half-day sun
Drought Tolerance Once Established High

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Size

4-5', 5 Gallon Rooted Container