Wildlife Pear Trees do very well at attracting animals to any landscape. Most pears are larger at the base than at the top, hence the phrase "pear shaped." Some pears are round and do not have such a common shape but they are identified as pears by the woody "grit" that develops inside the body of the fruit. Pears ripen best when picked from the tree before becoming soft on the tree, and then the pears are allowed to ripen slowly in a cool shaded place. Ripening begins at the center of the pear and moves outward, making the neck of the pear the most accurate place to check for ripeness. The ripening fruit appears several months after the blooms are shed and final ripening process begins in late Summer and continues into late fall, when wildlife food is generally scarce.
• Wildlife Pear Trees are important for feeding wildlife animals and birds, because of their vigor, early bearing, the fruit size and the dependable lasting quality of the pear fruit. Wild seedling pear trees are generally unpredictable as far as the ultimate size and quality. Sometimes wild seedling grown pear trees are sterile, meaning that they never will bear pear fruit at all, but only mummy fruit that drops prematurely to the ground. When the pears are ripe on the tree their ripening aroma is excellent for attracting turkey, deer and pheasants. The dense vigorous growth of Wildlife Pear Trees appears in March, just after being covered with white, fragrant, showy blossoms. Pears when fully ripened in the fall may occur in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, and red.