Butirra Precoce Morettini Pear

Butirra Precoce Morettini Pear

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History: Butirra Precoce Morettini was bred as a cross between Coscia and Bartlett in 1956 by A. Morettini as part of an Italian breeding program. It is mainly grown in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. 

Why We Grow It: This is an excellent early ripening pear that is sweet and juicy, with crunchy medium-fine grained flesh. It has mild floral notes, with just the right amount of sweetness. The tree produces reliable and heavy crops of yellow fruit with a vibrant red flush that store decently well. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vigorous with reliable and heavy crops. Susceptible to mildew and fireblight.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different pear variety (European or Asian) that blooms around the same time  

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Late August

Storage: Keeps until October when stored in cold storage

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, canning

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip grade: 100cm+
  • Branched grade: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip grade: less than 100 cm