Asian Pear Growing on My Pear-Quince Tree!

Well, okay, then! My two 3-in-1 pear trees have undergone a dramatic transformation: initially, they produced traditional pears, then the pears were overtaken by quince (my dwarf pear trees are grafted onto quince rootstock to keep them dwarf-sized). I do not know yet the mechanism that caused the quince to overtake the pear.

Now, one of these trees has produced a single Asian pear! As mentioned in previous posts, I purchased my two pear trees as saplings, from the clearance bin of a local gardening center. The labels said “3-in-1,” which I took to mean three varieties of pears, but in addition to the labels, there were five additional plastic tags wrapped around each sapling. Asian pear was not mentioned. Quite the mystery! I really do not know how many types of fruits are possible on either of these trees. A grafting experiment gone awry?

But I am happy to report the presence of an Asian pear (unknown variety). I savored it and appreciated the delicious subtle flavor. It was still warm from the summer sun, crisp and very juicy. I do not know if this will be the only Asian pear that my trees will ever produce but I am grateful for any such delicious surprises in the future!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  The quince is related to apples and pears, whose seeds are highly toxic if ingested.  For this reason, do not ingest the seeds of these fruits.

More information on toxic plants can be found here:


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