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Can you graft pear onto an apple or crabapple?

 
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Hey all,

A woman down the street from me has a huge heirloom pear tree that produces some huge green pears, and I would love to try to grow some.  I think the easiest way for me to do this would be to graft them. I see many articles and videos about grafting apple to crabapple or pear, but nothing about grafting pear to apple or crabapple. Can this be done?
 
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I have an asian pear grafted to a crabapple tree in my front yard. It was there when we bought the place a couple years ago so I don't know any details but I would say it's possible!

Mine appears pretty young, it did kick out a ton of pears last year (3x as much as the first ear we owned it), but only like 5 crabapples... Poor tree got hammered with some really wet snow a few weeks ago and a third of it's main branches snapped off. I was trying to shake the snow out of it but overnight it built up and in the morning I thought the whole tree fell over. It had bloomed due to the ridiculously warm February and the flowers just held the snow.
 
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It can be done but I've never heard of any long-lasting success stories.

No room for a pear tree to grow independently of the crab?
 
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Dan Fish wrote:I have an asian pear grafted to a crabapple tree in my front yard. It was there when we bought the place a couple years ago so I don't know any details but I would say it's possible!

Mine appears pretty young, it did kick out a ton of pears last year (3x as much as the first ear we owned it), but only like 5 crabapples... Poor tree got hammered with some really wet snow a few weeks ago and a third of it's main branches snapped off. I was trying to shake the snow out of it but overnight it built up and in the morning I thought the whole tree fell over. It had bloomed due to the ridiculously warm February and the flowers just held the snow.



I didn't think Asian pear and members of the apple family were compatible, but if so then that's really cool! I hope your tree is OK.
 
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Jay Colli wrote:It can be done but I've never heard of any long-lasting success stories.

No room for a pear tree to grow independently of the crab?




Ah, that's a bummer. I've seen pear grafted onto hawthorn with success, so I thought this might work, too. Thanks.

We might be able to find a spot for a pear, but I'm trying to give our trees plenty of room. So far we have a peach, plum, nectarine, two figs, pomegranate, apple, Asian pear, persimmon, and the crab. The crab is huge and already well established, so I figured it would make sense to add some things onto it instead if possible.
 
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