MT Home



Other Fruit






The ManyTracks Orchard

Nova Pear


unknown seedling ~ introduced by St.Lawrence Nursery NY


branch graft 2018 on Summercrisp

(other grafts died with fireblight 2020)


rootgraft on chokepear seedling 2020, NEorchard


Bookmark and Share











pear grafts

Tree is spreading, low vigor, precocious. Fruit is large, round, melting, and juicy, of good quality, and may be used either green or ripe. Hardy to about -45F ... Late Summer. Large yellow roundish dessert pear with melting juicy flesh. smooth creamy texture and a thin skin. Wonderful dessert pear. Also the best canning, Holds its shape in the jar. Very hardy, though not quite as hardy as Patten. Z3. Sister seedling of Hudar. (SLN) Our best pear, named after our daughter, Nova. Found growing on the Hudar farm in Hammond, NY.

2023 - Branch on Summercrisp looking good, healthy though Sierra (most of the tree) was infested with blister mites. Nova had 5 blooms! But no fruit - likely because of mid-20's freeze when full bloom. Grafted another Nova on a short trunk-branch above this main one since this is the only Nova I have now.

2022 - Graft on usseriensis rootstock #5 doing poorly, cut off. Will regraft something next year. Rootstock good.

Branch on Summercrisp doing fine, no issues, no blooms.  Rootgraft healthy, slow but steady growth.

2021 - Cut down badly damaged, dying Stacey Pear, including grafts. Graft on Summercrisp doing fine. On ussr5 hanging on. Rootgraft healthy, slow but steady growth.

2020 - Terrible fireblight year.  #1) Stacey '18 - some fb but did OK for quite awhile (Stacey badly infected, lost other grafts).
#2) Summercrisp (no fb) -  Nova graft fine.
#3) chokepear - lost all grafts (except L'Anse) on badly FB'd chokepear
#4) '18 - fb, cut off
#5,6)  '19 on usser5 - w one good, e fb, cut off.

Rootgrafted scion cut from usser5 graft onto small chokepear seedling growing in nursery. Had healthy growth. Planted in west end NEOrchard.

2019 - #1 Stacey - short growth, healthy  //  #2 summercrisp - no new growth but healthy, many dark leaves
          #3 chokepear - 4" +leaves   //   #4 usser5 - good, healthy, vigorous. Cut good upright, direct grafted e & w (#5,#6)

2018 - did 4 grafts, all took.
     #1 - (stacey) Good 5" growth tip +3 side buds, healthy
     #2 - (summercrisp) Strong 5" tip + 3" side +2 buds, healthy
     #3 - (chokepear) 3" tip + 1 bud
     #4 - (usser5) Vigorous growth, grafted fairly low, thigh high main shoot plus buds. Let be 2nd trunk?

Online Notes: [hft-ca] z4 can. a sizeable pear with a thin yellow skin and shape that is that of a typical pear but a little rounder with more meat on it. The flesh is juicy and has a silky texture that seems to melt in the mouth. It is among the very best dessert pears but is equally suitable for canning. The pear hangs on the tree well through ripening and is ready for harvest around mid-September. It can be used both green and ripe ...tree is good grower that fruits reliably and with excellent yields. The tree tends towards a smaller and more spreading form ...(bernie-central alberta) (paraphrased) z3a-can - topworked an old hardy pear with Nova, Hudar, Harrow Delight, Alexander, Moonglow, Anjou. A test winter cold -40F 3x. All died. Previously survived -35F.  

Copyright Susan Robishaw

Back to top

To comment
, ask questions, or just say Hi - click here  Contact Us. We enjoy hearing from our online friends and visitors!

Enjoy our articles? We appreciate DONATIONs of any amount! It helps to keep the website going. Click HERE to donate to ManyTracks using: Credit Cards logos.     Thank You!!

* Should you want to use all or part of one of our articles in a non-profit publication, website or blog we simply ask that you give proper credit and link (such as "article by Sue Robishaw/Steve Schmeck from"), and we'd enjoy knowing where it is used. Thanks!

       We always appreciate links to our site from appropriate sites, and we thank you for recommending us!

Have you read  "Frost Dancing - Tips from a Northern Gardener" ? A fun short read.

or "Homesteading Adventures"    Creating our backwoods homestead--the first 20 years.

and "Growing Berries for Food and Fun"   A journey you can use in your own garden.