NOTICE: This tree was originally listed as a Maxine pear but upon fruiting we realized there had been a mix-up in the trees we received. Through genetic testing and our own observations, we are pretty sure the trees are actually Red Clapp's but cannot be 100% certain at this time.
History: Red Clapp's Favourite, also known as Kalle Red, is a sport of Clapp's Favourite that was discovered in the 1950s in an orchard in Missouri. Clapp's Favourite normally produces green pears but when this bright red fruit emerged on one branch instead, the mutation was further propagated for its attractive deep red colour.
Why We Grow It: In a strange twist in the fruit tree world, we received these pears by accident when we had ordered in what we thought was scionwood for Maxine pears. When the taste and colour of the pears told us otherwise, we realized there had been a mix-up at some point. Despite the confusion, we have come to love this all-purpose, flavourful pear which is also noted for its profusion of beautiful white blossoms in spring and its heavy crops.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam, avoid chalky soils. Prefers average to dry conditions but is intolerant of wet climates, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vigorous and hardy with an upright growth pattern, has heavy crops. Susceptible to mildew, fireblight, and stony pit, and very susceptible to scab.
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: Mid to late season
Ripens: Late August, pick it ten days before it is fully ripe and let it ripen off the tree
Storage: Keeps less than a month when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, canning
Size including roots:
- 1m+ Whip: 100cm+
- 1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- <1m Whip: less than 100 cm