Pear Trees For Deer
There may not be any pear trees for deer out there that are more dependable, as easy to grow, or more attractive to a whitetail deer! I searched the northeast for Vigorous, productive, late dropping deer pears that will drop when you want them; November/December, during hunting season! You see, pears need cold storage to ripen and what happens with these late pears is they naturally receive that cold storage period on the tree in late October, as the fall temperatures arrive. As a result, starches go to sugars and these pear trees begin attracting a lot of deer because of them turning incredibly sweet at this time. Therefore, as more freezing weather moves in and winter draws closer pears such as Sweet Advent™, Malus™ and Rifle Deer™ will eventually become to sweet for human consumption, creating the best pear trees for wildlife!
These trees are all grafted giving you a genetic clone of the original pear tree, passing on the same great genetics. Scroll down to see our drop time chart or click on the little blue box that says online shop to see a description of each pear tree variety.
Price per tree
$23.00 - $29.00
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FINDING PEAR TREES FOR DEER
Most of the Pear trees for deer offered by Blue Hill Wildlife Nursery were found by myself. I began my search years ago for late dropping pears for hunting purposes. The vast majority of pears being planted for wildlife that are sold commercially today don’t carry fruit much past early November here in Pennsylvania. I wasn’t satisfied with just finding a “late dropping pear” ……I wanted a pear that attracted deer, had a great taste, are very productive and vigorous. Trees that showed strong resistance to fire blight, and had drop times when I wanted pears hitting the ground.
To accomplish my goals for these pear trees, I found and observed several thousand wild pear trees from Central PA to Western NY. I wanted pear trees that were from up North for several reasons. They are cold hardy being from my local climate, chill hours are correct, my drop times would be spot on, and most importantly I could have the pears that the deer were most attracted to because I watched how they utilized each tree! Exhausting I know!
DO DEER EAT PEARS
After watching these pear trees for years and observing how the deer utilized each of these pear trees. I began propagating the best ones that I wanted for my properties. My original plan was that these pears would be MY ADVANTAGE…..for the deer on my properties!! I never planned on making these trees for sale to the general public. When everyone else’s backyard orchards go bare in early November, I wanted to have an abundance of great tasting pears starting to hit the ground. The attraction is like having a standing corn or bean field in the middle of winter! This sounds like a sales pitch but it’s not it’s the truth I began planting food plots 20 some years ago and trees soon there after for none other that the purpose to attract and feed the deer I had on my properties.
RESULTS OF PLANTING PEAR TREES FOR DEER
As I have slowly brought all these pear varieties into a single location over the years on my hunting properties that are scattered from Central PA to Western NY. The results have been amazing when bringing such desirable pears from all over into one central location! These trees are all grafted to give you the exact description you see because these are genetically identical to all the original trees I have found.
This is accomplished through grafting, accentually placing a cutting from the original tree onto the new rootstock. Doing this gives many advantages besides be able to tell you exactly when fruit will fall, what it will taste like, how heavy the tree will produce, disease tolerances and a big one early fruit production. Therefore many of these trees are all fruiting on 1 year old wood and will be producing in as little as 2 to 4 years after planting.
STANDARD ROOTSTOCK (Pyrus Betulifolia)
Pear trees are grafted onto the Most vigorous, standard-sized rootstock reaching heights of 20-30 feet. This (birch leaf) rootstock is adaptable to acidic soils, poor soil conditions and fertility. Produces a strong well anchored tree and performs well in heavy soils. As a result, it will be good for more marginal areas like wooded food plots, reclaimed land and shale mountain soils. Betulifolia will also do well in dryer uplands and ridges as well as tolerating more moist soils. We are only selecting the most vigorous standard rootstock to graft onto. This pear rootstock is cold hardy from zone 4 – 8.
BARE-ROOT PEAR TREE SIZE
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically having multiple branches. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”. Shipping height will be between 4′ and 6′ as 15 trees or less fills into a 5′ box these will be pruned. While 15 to 30 trees fills into a 6′ box.
3-5′ (- 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a diameter of 3/8” to 1/2”.