Ayers Pear Tree

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About the Ayers Pear Tree Sweet as sugar, literally. Ayers is an old Southern heirloom often referred to as the “sugar pear”, originating from a chance seedling in Kansas in 1880. These pears have high sugar content, making them a delicious mid-summer treat.

Characteristics of Ayers Pears The fruits are stunning on the tree — a pleasing rounded shape, with a deep buttery yellow skin, blushed with red. We love this pear for its smooth, melting flesh and incomparable flavor of pear nectar. Among the outstanding dessert pears available today. Ayers can be eaten fresh or cooked, with the same “Mmm” result.

How to grow an Ayers Pear Tree Plant the Ayers Pear tree in full sun in an area with well-draining soil. This European pear requires only 300 chill hours, far fewer than most other pear trees. The Ayers pear is a great choice for Southern Gardens.

Easy to grow, it is resistant to fire blight. It’s self-pollinating but bears a significantly larger crop with another European pear variety nearby. Ayers Pears ripen in late July – early August.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July/early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 18 - 20' tall x 12 - 13' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow pear trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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