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New Century Asian Pear

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Also called shinseiki asian pear

A beautiful and productive tree. This pear features a sweet flavor that makes it ideal for salads and snacks. Fruit is round, but sometimes lopsided, with a long stem. Thin, bright-yellow skin surrounds cream-colored, crisp, juicy flesh. Similar to grocery store Asian pears, but homegrown tastes better! Picks earlier than Chojuro variety. Tree is heat- and cold-tolerant. Originates from Japan in 1945. Ripens in late August. Best pollinators: Starking® Hardy Giant™ or Hosui. See more Recommended Pollinators below.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine Grained
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My son loves asian pears and this one is cold hardy
Nathan B on Mar 13, 2017
We have eaten them and like them
LOUIS S on Mar 16, 2016
My son loves asian pears and this one is cold hardy
Nathan B on Mar 13, 2017
Sweet and crisp and hardy for Minnesota.
Radhika P on Apr 2, 2016
We have eaten them and like them
LOUIS S on Mar 16, 2016
Sweet and crisp and hardy for Minnesota.
Radhika P on Apr 2, 2016
Is this variety resistant or immune to blight?
Orchidgrower334 on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: New Century (my absolute favorite Asian Pear for jam) is very susceptible to fire blight in New Jersey where I live. I even lost a mature tree to fire blight even though I am diligent with Fire Blight spray just prior to, during, and shortly after blossom. It happens, but the rewards of Asian Pears is definitely worth the trouble!!
How tall are these trees after 25 years?
Alex K. on Jul 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 7' wide.
How much fruit do you get without a pollinator?
Ellen K on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Without pollination, fruit will not develop. To understand how this work and why some trees need a pollinating partner, please read this article:

Customer Reviews

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Best asian pear in my book
I've grown many asian pear varieties and have ended up with just this one as it has thin skin, great refreshing crunchy sweet flesh, fireblight resistant. My second would be Hosui, but it and most others have thicker skin which I don't like to eat.
September 2, 2016
Doing well
Growing well, good and healthy. No blossoms this year. Maybe next year!
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great fruit tree!
Seems to growing and doing great.Can not wait for tree to start bearing fruit. The leaves area nice green color.
June 3, 2016
over 2 years ago
asian pear
2 years old and is finally taking off. should be an attractive tree in a couple more years. seems resistant to bugs and disease.
August 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
Healthy Looking Tree
I was glad to take advantage of the end-of-season sale last Fall. I am very happy with the healthy look of the tree and can't wait for the first blooms and fruit, perhaps next year.
August 8, 2016
over 2 years ago
Trees Thriving
We're starting year two and the trees look great. Two more years till fruit. Thanks to the knowledgeable folks at Stark Bros. we got off to a great start. We recommend the company highly..
Lauren and Dale S., Tennessee
May 27, 2017
1 year ago
waiting to see
This will be the first summer after planting and my pear bloomed and is growing beautifully. Hope my first crop will be a good one.
May 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
growing well in our location
This dwarf pear tree is growing well in our location (north central W.Va., in a cool valley). We had to cover it with netting because of a swarm of 17-year cicadas, so some vegetative growth took place under the netting. Otherwise, it seems to be disease-free. Will prune this coming winter.
September 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
ew Century Asian Pear
We were excited o get the box with my 2 Asian pear trees. Opening the box, they looked like 2 twigs. I trusted you and planted them as instructed, with love and care. Soon I was smiling as leaves and small branched appeared. This year they had leaves and one had lots of beautiful flowers. They tried to make little pears, but they fell off. Then I remembered that you said I need two to pollinate. Next year we hope to see both trees bloom.
May 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Died very quickly
Ordered 4 different trees, this one never took off. The first year in ground it would put out very small leaves that would drop shortly after, this year it's dead. The other trees are doing fine so soil and ground prep were not an issue.
May 25, 2017
1 year ago
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