Oldest Known Fruit Tree In U.S. Still Bears Pears After Nearly 400 Years

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August 28th, 2013

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A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of 383, more or less — and biologists find its remarkable longevity a bit baffling…

Expert quote:

“Generally, fruit trees don’t last very long, so it’s unusual. It is in relatively open conditions. It’s getting good light… The reason it’s still bearing fruit is because people are pruning it, or it might be a naturally self-pruning tree.”

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