Variety description: Medium sized oval fruit with red russeted skin. Tough skin makes the fruit somewhat resistant to insect puncture and decay. Soft flesh, very juicy almost free of grit cells, flavor sweet highly perfumed and aromatic, ripens in early September.
Vigorous and spreading tree. Very resistant to fire blight.
This cultivar is the result of a cross between 'Seckel seeding' and 'Comice.' Tested and released by the USDA Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD in 1960. Named in honor of John R. Magness, longtime fruit and nut researcher at Beltsville.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Pears will grow in a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Soil pH of 6.5 is ideal.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted tree, 2-3" with strong central leader.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2017 shipping.
Shipping restrictions: Cannot ship to Canada.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.