Nashi Pear (Pyrus pyrifolia): A pear tree species native to China, Japan, and Korea. The tree’s edible fruit is known by many names, including. The tree is grown throughout East Asia, and other countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The fruits have a high water content making it very juicy and crisp with grainy texture, different from the softer European varieties. Resembling an apple in shape, the fruit tends to be quite large and also fragrant. Nashi pears are grown similarly to the European variety, but they tend to have lower chilling requirements. Thinning of smaller fruit is necessary wtih the Nashi tree, preventing limb breakage and allowing the remaining fruit to grow to the optimal size and quality.pear_trees_Aug_18_2008_008

Chilean Guava (Ugni molinae):  A Shrub that grows from 30 cm to 170 cm tall with evergreen foliage. The leaves of the plant are oval, glossy, and dark green in color. Flowers of the Ugni are white or pale pink and the berries are small red, white, or purple and are referred to in New Zealand as the New Zealand Cranberry. The fruit is cultivated to a small extent and is said to have a taste described as everything from cotton candy, strawberries, vanilla cream, or guava. It has a creamy, pear-like texture. It can be planted in either full sun or partial shade. The shrub requires adequate watering through the summer months while fruit is developing. Berries are to be harvested when the fruit is soft to the touch. The plant has no major pests.



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