The Rostiezer Pear, which we present this month as our frontispiece, is one of the very finest foreign varieties now cultivated in this country. We think we may safely say that in its season it has no superior, though nearly equalled by the Ott Pear, of Philadelphia, which ripens at the same time. It is of German origin, and was first imported to Boston some twelve or fifteen years ago. Within a few years past its merits have become known, and it is now pretty widely disseminated.

In 1849 it was brought before the Pomological Society, and recommended by the General Fruit Committee among others as worthy of general cultivation. On that occasion the President, Col. Wilder, remarked that, "in the vicinity of Boston it ranks almost as high as the Seckel." Dr. Wendell stated that it bore the same character at Albany; he had fruited it, and found it one of the best of Pears. Mr. Walker said that, from the first time he had tasted it until the last, he had but one impression in regard to it - that the Pear was among the very first-rate, comparing favorably with the or four years past, and have invariably found it of the best quality. Its only defect is its small size; but, for a table fruit, we consider it large enough.

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The tree is remarkably vigorous, with strong, dark purplish-brown shoots, somewhat like the old English Jargonelle, which we think must be its parent. It bean abundant crops, and succeeds well on both Pear and Quince. We are inclined to think it will prove to be particularly well adapted to the Quince. Fruit - medium, or rather small, regular pyriform, often slightly necked. Stalk - about two inches long, rather slender, and inserted without any depression. Calyx - open, not sunk. Skin - yellowish-green, with a dull brownish-red cheek. Flesh - somewhat coarse, buttery, melting, and high flavored. Ripe latter end of August.

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We have fruited this variety for many yean, and have always esteemed it as nearly or quite unequalled in quality among summer pears, standing quite as high among these, as the Seckel does among autumn varieties. We are therefore gratified to find in the last number of Hovers' Magazine, the following remarks by the editor, who, as is well known, has a very extensive knowledge of fruits.

"The Rostiezer is certainly one of the finest of our summer pears; hitherto we have thought it too small to give it a high rank, notwithstanding its delicious, spicy; Seckel-like flavor; but its smallness has been the fault of cultivators; this year it comes up to the full size of a medium pear, being here as large as the St. Ghis-lain, and we have seen specimens even much larger from other places. It is an enormous bearer, and hangs, as the usual phrase is, " like strings of onions," from the tree; we counted no less than nine handsome pears from one cluster of blossoms."