Truly local, the soft and juicy Beedle Pear was discovered amongst a row of Siberian seedlings on a city boulevard in St. Albert, Alberta. It's named after John Beedle who was a local urban forester. Sadly the original Beedle Pear tree was cut down and is not around today.
The Beedle produces a pear of medium size (100 grams) which ripens on the tree and matures in early September. Expect a good eating sweet and soft juicy pear, which produces a reliable crop most years.
This pear is very hardy and is worth growing in cold climates. There is no astringency and stores well for up to a couple of months in cold storage which is rare compared to other prairie pear varieties.
Hardiness Zone: 2
Height at Maturity: 6 meters (20 feet)
Spread: 4.3 meters (14 feet)
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full sun
Pollination: Self-sterile (Plant with another pear tree for best pollination)
Latin Name: Pyrus 'Beedle'