A clonal rootstock of ‘Old Home’ x ‘Farmingdale’, this rootstock is resistant to pear decline and fireblight. It is a superior rootstock for vigorous pear trees. Hardy and resilient to cold. It provides good anchoring and yield efficiency. It is bet planted 8-12′ between trees within a row. OHXF 97 is less precocious than OHxF 87. Source: VanWell Nursery with additional comments by T. Auvil, WFTRC.