Is anyone else growing Asian Pears? Far better than any apple or pear I have ever tried. The Chojuro is my favorite so far. It smells and tastes like butterscotch....juicy, crisp, crunchy and sweet.
Four years ago I planted 3, a Korean Giant, a Chojuro and a Drippin' Honey. I've got to say these are the easiest to grow fruit trees I have ever tried. Here on central DelMarVa, I don't even have to spray them and I still get good quality fruit. I do usually spray with carbaryl from Apr 15th to June 15th, as I do with my peaches though. I get fruit from mid August to mid Oct.
The peach borer will lay eggs in the pears, but it does not ruin them like with peaches. Just a tiny bump. A few sprays, and the fruit turns out perfect. Last year I got about 3 bushels of nice fruit. They store well, can well, and dehydrate well, and beat just about any other fruit hands down for fresh eating.
I ordered about ten more this year and my first two just arrived from Gurney's, and they are both already in the ground. I got about 5 new varieties on the way too from Stark and another place.
So far they have almost been problem free. The trees have beautiful flowers on the spring, are well shaped, and also have good fall colors, perfect for the edible landscape.