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Description

Also called sugar pear, candy pear

Small dessert pears that are super sweet with a hint of spice. Often used in cooking and canning, but also enjoyed fresh. Tree is disease-resistant to fireblight. Originates around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Ripens in mid September. Best pollinators: Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Note: Not an ideal pollinator for Bartlett pear trees.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid Sept
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine Grained
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Seckel pear pickles!! Very seldom show up in a store. Good eating also.
There is a nearby tree but it is very old, close to 100 yrs. Still has fruit every year.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
never had a pear tree wanted to start small
J D on May 20, 2016
Seckel pear pickles!! Very seldom show up in a store. Good eating also.
There is a nearby tree but it is very old, close to 100 yrs. Still has fruit every year.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
My grandparents had one on their farm when I was a child, and I loved them
Gary K on May 20, 2016
never had a pear tree wanted to start small
J D on May 20, 2016
This variety kept coming up suggested as one to have in the orchard, and we were given a gift of these for Christmas last year--delectable. Noted as a desert pear.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
Very Sweet Pear that makes great pear sauce.
Mark K on Apr 18, 2016
Blight resistant.
Angela S on Apr 17, 2016
I chose this pear tree because of its flavor reputation and its ease of pollination by the moonglow pear. I am willing to fight any disease/pest problems by prayer and organic techniques for the reputed flavor.
Jimmy B on Apr 9, 2016
Childhood favorite
Jennifer N on Mar 25, 2016
Easy to grow, hardy, and wonderful to eat.
Mary T on Mar 13, 2016
The tree and fruit are supposed to have really cool colors throughout the growing season.
Jesse S on Mar 13, 2016
Very sweet. Our old tree died and we love sharing these with friends.
RICHARD C on Mar 10, 2016
Have purchased this tree in the past from Starks . First fruit 2015 was very tasty pear very sweet my favorite one out of the 4 types I planted . Not very big pear but the name sugar pear suits it well it makes up in taste for the size . Very Happy with the quality of the trees I have planted.
JACKIE D on Mar 6, 2016
late season dessert pear, extends our pear season
Rudy M on Feb 17, 2016
My grandparents had one on their farm when I was a child, and I loved them
Gary K on May 20, 2016
This variety kept coming up suggested as one to have in the orchard, and we were given a gift of these for Christmas last year--delectable. Noted as a desert pear.
Bright D on May 16, 2016

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Planted in heavy clay
The tree is planted in heavy clay with a little bit of soil amendment and it is doing very well in its second spring. All the pear trees I purchased grew much faster than I anticipated.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
fire blight resistant
This tree is in it's 2nd year now. It has leafed out nicely, and has no fire blight despite the neighboring pear having serious fire blight issues this year.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago