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Old Home pear

Pyrus communis
Old Home
An American pear variety with natural fireblight resistance, often used as a pear rootstock for this reason.

Old Home pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Old Home

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 14 Sep 2022 
      We had these pear trees where I grew up in SE Texas.(Zone 9a) The flesh is very hard but sugary sweet with a tough but thin skin. The core and seeds are small; most of the pear is edible meat. I enjoy them fresh, but they may be too hard for some folks’ liking. They’re great for canning and preserving as well as for baking. Like a Granny Smith apple, they hold their shape very well if baked into a pie. With four trees on a couple of acres, we usually had an abundance of them. After eating all we could, canning, and giving them away to friends, we always wound up feeding excess to our horses. They loved them as much as we did.
    • 17 Apr 2018  MICHIGAN, United States
      We've enjoyed these pears for decades from one tree in our farm orchard. Did not know its name until now, but there's no mistaking it. Hard & sugar sweet with a nice aroma. Excellent keeper as well.

    Tree register

    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet. If you have a Old Home tree you can register it here.


    • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1910
    • Developed by: Prof. F.E. Reimer of Oregon State College
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1968-083


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Fire blight: Very resistant

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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