This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This pear has now fruited with me three" years. The scions were originally sent me by Mr. Charles Downing, and made the first summer after they were inserted a remarkable growth. The succeeding year they were full of blossoms, and of these some six or eight were allowed to perfect fruit. These were blossoms which were thrown out anew after the first had been cut off by frost. The original limbs of the tree in which it was inserted were partially removed, so that the growth of the grafted limbs was again quite strong. Last year the tree con-tinned to blossom over six weeks, and bore a full crop of fruit, requiring severe thinning, and which ripened in succession from the 16th of August until November. It is the same this year, the tree again throwing out blossoms sparingly after the first bloom until nearly June, and now while fruit is ripening daily it has other fruit upon it that will probably not mature before the last of October. More than half the fruit has been removed in thinning, but too much was still left; and in size it is inferior to last season. The fruit is very juicy and sweet, even if left to ripen on the tree, so that though rather small, it is quite desirable for its quality, besides being the surest bearer I know.
I append an outline and description.
Fruit small, pyriform, slightly obtuse at the stem; skin yellow, red in the sun, somewhat russeted and with numerous small russet dots; stem an inch long, inserted obliquely by a lip in a slight depression; calyx small, open, in a shallow basin; flesh yellowish white, very juicy, melting, and quite sweet. Quality very good.
THE GENERAL DUTILLEUL PEAR.