This information forms part of Agfact H4.1.14 Nashi asian pear varieties

Nashi Nijisseiki

Nashi Asian pear variety Nijisseiki (20th Century)

Origin Japan, chance seedling found on a rubbish heap in 1898 by Mr Kakunosuke Matsudo at Ishii, Chiba, P. pyrifolia.
Tree Medium to low vigour, spreading with wide branch angles, spur bearer, susceptible to fire blight. Ovate leaf with medium serrations, young leaves and shoots are whitely pubescent.
Chilling requirement Moderate.
Blossom and pollination

Mid season, can set very heavily, up to 9 or 10 per flower cluster, 2 or 3 times, white medium flowers, tend to be pointy in bud. Hosui, Shinsui, Packham's Triumph, (Chojuro, but may be too early for Nijisseiki), NOT Kikusui.

Fruit shape Round, oblate, medium, can be small if too many on tree, need to thin to one per spur or two spurs.
Skin and flesh Yellowish green clear skin, subject to abrasion and marking under certain conditions, cracks badly after heavy continuous rain like Kikusui. Good eating quality, medium sugar, high acid.
Harvest 2-3 weeks after Shinsui, and after Kosui, 140-155 days after full bloom.
Storage Up to six months cool storage.