Hood pears are a large, soft fruit that ripen in late summer. The pears are greenish-yellow, crisp and juicy, and can be eaten fresh or canned. The Hood Pear tree has a low chill for the South, requiring only 100-200 chill hours. Flordahome is the recommended pollinator. Hood Pear trees are, however, susceptible to leaf spot and fire blight. At maturity, they can reach a height between 15-20 feet and a width of 12-15 feet. USDA Zones: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.