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Kieffer

[kee-fer] /ˈki fər/
noun
1.
a large, brownish-red, hybrid variety of pear.
Origin of Kieffer
1875-1880
1875-80; named after Peter Kieffer (1812-90), American botanist
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  • Although the most pretentious cheat in the orchard, Kieffer is grown more commonly than any other pear in North America.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • More Kieffer and Duchess pears are planted than any other kind.

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  • Few men would have recognized merit in the seedling from which the Kieffer pear came.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Kieffer and related hybrids are somewhat immune to San Jose scale, but are very susceptible to psylla.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The trees come in bearing remarkably early, and are as productive as those of Kieffer, though hardly as large or as vigorous.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Cultivated varieties seem to have been evolved, until the advent of Le Conte and Kieffer, only by cultivation and selection.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • For many years after its introduction about 1870, Kieffer was over-praised by both fruit-growers and nurserymen.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Here, again, the Kieffer suffers most although fruits of other varieties are often disfigured by the blotch.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Worthless for dessert, much can be said for the fruits of Kieffer for culinary preparation.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Among chance seedlings, Mr. Kieffer observed one of peculiar growth which he saved.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick

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