Kieffer Pear Tree
Kieffer Pear Tree
Said to be an accidental hybrid, the Kieffer pear is a hardy tree. It grows rapidly, lives long, is disease-resistant, and bears a large crop. It also tolerates a wide range of climates, thriving in northern states as well as hotter southern states. In fact, the Kieffer pear is the most widely planted pears in the South. Produces large, long, golden yellow fruit with a crimson blush and flesh that is crisp, white, and coarse in texture — good for canning, baking, preserves, and pear honey Blooms late in the season and ripens mid-September to mid-October Tolerates hot climates Is self-fertile but provides a better crop when planted in multiples  

Hardiness Zones

The kieffer pear can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Mature Size

The standard Kieffer pear grows to a height of about 20' and a spread of around 20' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of 12–15' with a spread of about 10'.

Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Kieffer pear grows best in slightly acidic, deep, heavy, and moist (but well-drained) soil. Other soil types are tolerated, but the tree may produce a lighter crop. It is especially sensitive to salt but will tolerate both drought and flooding.


This tree: 
  • Produces large, long, golden yellow fruit with a crimson blush. The flesh is crisp, white and coarse in texture--good for canning, baking, preserves and pear honey.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically in mid-September or mid-October. Pick while the fruit is still hard and store in a cool place.
  • Bears a heavy crop, beginning when young and continuing dependably for many years.
  • Blooms late in the season with white flowers.
  • Tolerates hot climates.
  • Is available in standard and dwarf sizes. Our standard Kieffer seedlings are budded onto whole rootstock, and our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Quince or Quince A (Malling A).
  • Is self-fertile but provides a better crop when planted in multiples.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 350–400. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Features simple leaves that are glossy green, have fine teeth on the margin and provide golden bronze fall color.
  • Grows in an oval to rounded shape.
  • Is practically immune to blight.

Wildlife Value

Pear orchards are considered valuable habitats for wildlife.  The fruit of pear trees are attractive to birds and squirrels.
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Methley plums
Methley Plum Tree
The Methley plum, one of few self-pollinating plum varieties, originated in China thousands of years ago. Plum trees, which are categorized by origin, fall into three main categories; European, Japanese  and American. The Methley plum, like many other Japanese varieties, are a popular variety in the United States due to its ability to grow in a wider range of soils and climates in comparison to its European counterpart. Its large, heart-shaped, clingstone fruit are a sweet treat to animals and people alike and typically begin to blossom in late May. In addition to animals, the Methley plum is a favorite among many varieties of butterflies and will provide any wildlife lover hours of entertainment. Environmental Conditions
  • Does well in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, and well-drained soils (hardiness zones 5–9).
  • Prefers full sun, with at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • Grows best in climates with low humidity during the growing season.
Physical Attributes
  • Self-pollinates, but planting two or more together is suggested for best results.
  • Can grow to be 10–20 feet high with a spread of 10–20 feet at full maturity.
  • Grows at a moderate rate and will typically begin to bear fruit after 2–4 growing seasons.
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Mulberry Trees
Mulberry Trees
1.Stellar Growth Rates. Red Mulberry grows incredibly fast! It can easily double or triple the growth rate of many of the more common wildlife friendly tree’s we’re all used to growing. Every tree lover needs to plant a few of these simply to watch them grow so fast! 2.Fruit Production at a VERY Young Age. On a good site, it isn’t uncommon at all to see flowering and fruiting begin in the 3rd or 4th growing season. And considering the trees grow so fast, they have the capability to produce large quantities of fruits by the time they are 5-6 years of age. If you’re impressed by sawtooth oak, and the now popular chestnuts, you need to see what mulberry can do! 3.Deer LOVE to Eat the New Growth. We don’t want deer eating the actual trees we plant, which is why we use tree protectors. What we do want, is deer eating the small volunteer sprouts growing under and around the parent tree. Deer simply can’t resist mulberry leaves, and they’ll hone in on areas where volunteer seedlings proliferate. If volunteer seedlings make it to the sapling stage, they can then be hinge cut to provide more food and cover. 4.First Fruits of the Year, and Wildlife Devour Them. Mulberry fruits are the very first to mature, as early as late April in the deep south. That’s right- on years with an early spring, they can actually mature and begin dropping before turkey season is over in many states. Everything in the forest likes to eat mulberry fruits, so GameKeepers can use them for a multitude of scenarios such as: attracting late season turkeys, trapping predators (check your state regs), trail camera hotspots, increasing pollinator habitat, and attracting songbirds. 5.Great Snack for Humans. Although not related, mulberries look much like Rubus species- blackberries, dewberries, etc. Mulberries mature sooner than the Rubus species, effectively lengthening your foraging season. Mulberries are extremely nutritious, carrying high contents of vitamins C, K, and B-1 along with a generous amount of iron and fiber. The flavor is mild, earthy, and sweet. So whether your planting a small orchard on the edge of your food plot, a few trees in a clearing in the woods, alongside a walking trail or behind your cabin, Mulberry Trees are a MUST HAVE for any GameKeeper. Zone: 5 - 9 Soil pH: 4.5 - 7.0 Wildlife Value: Favorite food of songbirds, wild turkey, opossum, raccoon, and hogs. Site Preference: Moist hillsides, floodplains, river valleys. Prefer rich well drained soil. Nut Maturity Date: Early Summer
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santa rosa plum
Santa Rosa Plum Trees
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Prunus 'Santa Rosa'
Mature Height 15 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 20 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Early Season

Heat-Tolerant Santa Rosa Plum Tree

  • Delicious Fruit
  • Gorgeous Spring Flowers
  • Late Mid-Season
  • Hardy
  • Self-Fertile
Treat yourself to in-season plums when you plant or Santa Rosa Plum (Prunus 'Santa Rosa') Tree in your yard. First introduced in 1906 in Santa Rosa, California, this variety is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree that offers a dependable and delicious harvest each year. Plant one where you can readily enjoy its beautiful blossoms and its gorgeous, juicy fruit. Watch each spring as the Santa Rosa Plum's fabulously colorful pink and white spring blossoms make their way into your landscape. You'll create a visual spectacle that will have the whole neighborhood jealous. Enjoy the show while you can; by late July or early August, those blossoms will give way to lovely plums, ripe for the taking. Santa Rosa Plums are beautiful to behold, with red-hued, purple skin concealing a layer of red blush, then sweet, yellow flesh surrounding the center pit. Your Santa Rosa Plum Tree will produce medium/large slightly firm fruits that are ideal for fresh-eating right off the tree. Slice them for inclusion in a fruit salad, or add them to a fruit snack plate. These beautiful plums are also perfect for canning, freezing, cooking, drying, so you can easily preserve some of your bounty for enjoying later on in the year or sharing with others as gifts. Santa Rosa's flavor is sweet with a slight tangy edge, perfect for a variety of uses. Santa Rosa Plum Tree is a relatively hardy tree, adaptable to a variety of soils and heat tolerant. It's even self-fruitful, so you don't need to have more than one to enjoy a healthy harvest. Santa Rosa is an old favorite among plum lovers and still one of the most often grown. A pretty tree, especially in spring and late summer, Santa Rosa a great investment in something that is both useful and beautiful. Order today!
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