One day while shopping for a few groceries a bearded gentleman stopped me. Of course he was a Backwoods Home reader! It seems that Beryl is a self-taught fruit tree expert. He learned to graft trees years ago, and has turned it into a wonderful, huge hobby. Not only does he graft dozens of his own trees, but he travels to neighbors and friends, grafting their trees too.
Graft your own designer fruit trees | Backwoods Home Magazine
Unlike the common or European pear, Asian pears are generally shaped more like apples and keep crisp throughout storage rather than getting softer and sweeter. Growers have developed dozens of types of Asian pears, with differing shapes, flavors and length of growing season. If you want to try growing a number of different Asian pear varieties, but don't have enough room for an orchard in your backyard, using classic grafting techniques can solve your dilemma. Commercial growers have created so-called "fruit cocktail trees" for decades; you can use this same method to create a tree that grows three or four different Asian pear varieties from the same trunk. Asian pears do well grafted onto "Bartlett" trees, so find an example of this common European pear.
I have two with apples, 1 plum, asian pear, cherry, and euro pear. However, after a few years of having my own planted and observing my friend's with hundreds in a nursery for sale, I've noticed a few things about the ones I've been around: Unless you prune them back HARD each year or two, They usually end up with only two or three of the cultivars dominating, with the others either dying off or persisting as small, insignificant branches.