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Easy to Grow! A Stark Pick

Also called Williams Pear

The #1 pear worldwide! First introduced in 1797, this multi-purpose pear is a long-standing favorite of orchard growers and fruit gardeners alike. Starts bearing at a young age and is very productive. Fruit features a smooth, firm texture and a juicy, spicy taste. Harvest in late August. Best pollinators: Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Note: Not suitable pollinator for Seckel pear trees.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy, Spicy
Texture Smooth, Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 12 - 13' wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 9 - 11' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 7' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I wanted a good all purpose pear that would be a good pollinator for starting delicious. It's also semi dwarf, and I'm needing trees I can keep in pots for the next 12 months til we move.
Amanda P on Apr 21, 2021
Had a beautiful mature one that the wind took down. Very good tree!
M on Apr 18, 2021
I wanted a good all purpose pear that would be a good pollinator for starting delicious. It's also semi dwarf, and I'm needing trees I can keep in pots for the next 12 months til we move.
Amanda P on Apr 21, 2021
Great tasting pear with smooth texture.
CHARLES J on Apr 18, 2021
Had a beautiful mature one that the wind took down. Very good tree!
M on Apr 18, 2021
Something I've had before and it was good
Casey D on Apr 16, 2021
My granddaughter love them.
Ronnell A on Apr 15, 2021
Have another pear tree and want a second pollinator
Ryan M on Apr 15, 2021
no. 1 pear
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
My favorite flavor + Happy with a peach tree i bought from Stark Bros
Thottumkara V on Apr 7, 2021
I love Bartlett pears to eat and can. I wanted to get another tree. They grow very well in my area, Zone 5b.
Laurie S on Apr 7, 2021
It???s organic
Edith P on Apr 6, 2021
Good traditional flavor, good canner. Cross pollinates with Red Bartlett that I have.
Kenneth B on Apr 3, 2021
Have grown this variety before and loved it. It grew a lot of fruit which in my area is rare.
Julie P on Apr 2, 2021
Bartlett Pear taste good, grows in my zone and I need a pollinator for other pears.
Lena M on Apr 1, 2021
Website recommended as pollinator and said easy to grow
Aaron M on Mar 25, 2021
Very familiar with this specie
Steve P on Mar 24, 2021
My favorite type of pear.
Wendy F on Mar 23, 2021
It's a pollinator for my Asian Pear and an easy grow.
sue c on Mar 21, 2021
My son loves pears and we need two to pollinate each other.
LeAngela R on Mar 17, 2021
reliable variety
Burdean W on Mar 15, 2021
My grandchildren love these
Mary W on Mar 14, 2021
Bobby W on Mar 13, 2021
Great tasting and stark bros is an excellent company we have ordered from for years
Keith L on Mar 13, 2021
Makes good preserves
Joseph D on Mar 12, 2021
2nd favourite fruit
Michael P on Mar 10, 2021
Super sweet with nice texture.
D O on Mar 4, 2021
Linda T on Mar 4, 2021
Best all around pear
Mitchell W on Mar 1, 2021
Recommended for my zone
Jacob F on Feb 28, 2021
Wanted dwarf pear.
Steven S on Feb 25, 2021
My wife loves their delicious flavor
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
love ????
lystra B on Feb 20, 2021
Good pollinator for other trees I chose.
Mike W on Feb 19, 2021
I believe most things I plant should supply something edible. I love fresh pears. Baked pears with ice cream is delicious. I'm really hoping this tree produces a lot of fruit. I live in 5b zone and hope this tree will survive our harsh winters.
CHRISTI B on Feb 19, 2021
The standard of pears.
Paul T on Feb 17, 2021
Easy to grow and comes dwarf variety.
Donald T on Jan 31, 2021
I have one already and needed a second
Rose D on Jan 31, 2021
It's an excellent classic pear.
Todd C on Jan 30, 2021
Love the size and flavor of these.
Ellen B on Jan 15, 2021
Standard tasty ol??? Faithful pear
Dianne H on Dec 22, 2020
Donna B on Dec 8, 2020
Top notch fruit
WAYNE E on Nov 30, 2020
Companion to other pear
Debbie E on Nov 23, 2020
My favorite already purchased 2 pears and wanted 3rd varieties
Susan T on Oct 13, 2020
My cat died and he was named Bartlett
Michelle S on Oct 12, 2020
I love Bartlett pears!
User on Oct 9, 2020
Need a cross pollinator
Mary M on Oct 7, 2020
Have one pear which is hardy and successful in our yard. It is older - so need to replace
Deb S on Sep 29, 2020
Wanted a companion for the purchase of Moonglow Pear.
Anna D on Aug 26, 2020
My dad planted a Bartlett Pear tree in our backyard the year I was born (1968). The tree was cut down the year he passed away (2015) and I would like to honor him by planting one in my yard now that my mother is living with us.
Angela A on Aug 26, 2020
It's a classic pear I love to eat.
Brenda B on Aug 24, 2020
Great tasting pear with smooth texture.
CHARLES J on Apr 18, 2021
Something I've had before and it was good
Casey D on Apr 16, 2021
my property is an old farm that is infested with every rust an bugaboo there is. I???m giving up on my apple trees. I???m considering replacing them with pear and peach. Suggestions?
ROBB S on Jan 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Have you researched what trees grow well in your area? Maybe just find out what trees do well with your local climate and insects, etc. and plant them. It could be that you have apples that simply don't do well in your area, but a different variety of apples would thrive.
Can a Chojuro be used as a pollinator for a Bartlett? A Bartlett is listed as a pollinator for the Chojuro but the Chojuro is not listed as a pollinator for the Bartlett.
Robert B on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bartlett tends to be an early-season blooming variety, so it is compatible with Chojuro; however, since bloom time overlap can vary by year and location, you may want to opt for another compatible European pear variety to be a more dependable pollination source for your Bartlett.
what is the time to pick the pears for zone 5?
Bev E on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The time to pick pears depends upon when they are ripe, not on your hardiness zone. You may have experienced a very hot/cold/wet/dry summer, all of which will affect when your crop ripens.

Unlike apples, most pear varieties do not ripen best while still on the tree. They can become mushy or mealy, and can rot from the inside. If you pick your pears when they're slightly immature, they will ripen better. Most mature pears will detach when you tilt them sideways, so pick them before that.
Will a Bartlett Pear pollinate with an Asian Pear?
Lisa S on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bartlett blooms relatively early and overlaps with most Asian pear varieties, so it should work.
Can I trim the limbs while it's bearing pears and not hurt it?
Cindy A on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not do any considerable trimming until the dormant season (fall/winter). Opening wounds during the wet season can increase the chance of disease (especially for pear trees). Cutting while it's too dry in the summer could cause the tree to dry too much.
Is Bartlett high blight tolerant?
Hope W on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine have only been in a couple of years with problems yet. Fire Blight is not a huge problem in our area and other pears i have seen in the past seem to be show no symptoms.
Do Bartlett Pears make good preserves ?
calvin b on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! My wife and I have canned the Bartlet pears from the same Stark Bro's tree for 20 years.
We live in the Pensacola, FL area and have two Bartlett pear trees we planted side-by-side a few years ago. They bear a great deal of fruit. However, no matter what we do, the pears are always as hard as rock! Is there something we should do to remedy this? I know of others in our area have
Murray G on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Pears do not ripen on the tree; they must ripen off the tree. This article will help a lot: //
Will this work on dogwood trees?
Bobbyk on Feb 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You should be able to plant a Bartlett Pear near a Dogwood tree without any issues. Just be sure the pear tree is not in the shadow of the dogwood so the pear receives adequate direct sunlight.
When you are out of stock. Does this mean I have to wait till next year to buy them or will you be getting more dwarf tree?
Elisa L on May 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again. Typically these will not be available again until our next shipping season so possibly for fall delivery.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

Can a Bartlett polinate another bartlett?
Terry P on Feb 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. A Bartlett will not pollinate another Bartlett. This tree needs to be paired with a Starking?? Delicious??? or Moonglow for best pollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do Barlett Pear trees have thorns like those occurring on Callery pear trees?
c y on Nov 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bartlett pear trees are VERY unlike Callery pear trees....smooth bark, strong tree, wonderful smelling blossoms, yummy delicious fruit. And No Thorns.
will it bear fruit if i plant two gravenstein apple tree?
Gracie K on Jun 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another apple variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
Bartlett pear tree how tallness do it get and do zo need a pollinator to grow it I'm in zone 7-b yes it's a question?
Tonya T on Mar 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: All of my Stark Bros trees match the height description tho my Bartlett is not fully mature yet. Meaning all my drawf trees are about 8 feet tall.

And yes it needs a pollinator. Should have a list of suitable on their website.
what happens if no pollinator when the bartlett planted alone?
orville w on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. If you plant a tree that requires a pollinator and you do not plant one, it will not bear fruit. I hope this is helpful, and please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with. Have a great day!
Can you buy dwarf barteltt pear trees?
john L on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes and it looks like at this time we do have some in stock, but supplies are limited so if you would like one please visit or give us a call at 800-325-4180 and a customer support agent will be happy to assist you.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi folks of all of the fruit trees i have put in over the years this was the first i have had die in 1st season. Is there a replacement on this tree?
Dan D on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I quit buying from Stark due to the poor performance of their trees and it usually took a year to get a replacement if at all.
want trees that bares fruit in 1 year?
ROBERT F on Mar 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, I do not know of any pears that fruit in the 1st year. The only pears that may, would be a very mature nursery tree that would be from a narrow selection, as opposed to buying online from Stark's many choices. It may be appropriate to buy a few Stark special varieties and one immediately satisfying nursery tree. It's also fun to graft between trees, and perhaps your nursery tree can be topworked to include 3+ different pears on 1 tree? These are some ideas, but pears take some time.
Have a Bartlett with a Moonglow within a 100 ft but doesn???t set fruit on ether one-why?
Tom W on Dec 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My pears are not well enough established to bear fruit yet. I wouldn't think that distance would be a problem, possibly blooming to early and affected by cooler temps or a lack of pollinators. I have had a wet late spring also affect apples this last year. Try some mason bee structures.

can you grow this in a pot on your patio?
ericka r on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You sure can. Just be sure to choose the dwarf size, which will be the easiest to manage.
How far from a wall or fences is it recommended to plant most dwarf fruit trees?
David F on Mar 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Check the full grown growth spread of the tree. Tree needs air movement all around it. Give it the spread distance plus several feet to reach fruit.
Can a semi dwarf tree be used to trellis along a fence?
Andrea B on Apr 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can try your hand at espaliering any variety of fruit tree, as long as the fruit tree suits your climate, but dwarf or semi-dwarf trees are best for small spaces.
Do you need another to pollinate?
Lori V on Apr 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes this requires another early to mid season blooming pear. Best pollinators Starking?? Delicious??? or Moonglow pear.
Do bartlett pears work well in pies?
Jacob D Staff on Apr 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: With so many varieties available on the market, it can be tough to choose which pears work best for baking. We recommend using Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou pears
Will this tree work for espalier?
Rachel W on Mar 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: // detailed article can be found here: //
Can this be planted in a container?
Jeanne H on Mar 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
when to start plant Asian pear at my zone 50322 ?
Cuong T on Mar 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are your 3-4 ft dwarf trees. We were hoping to espalier the tree. However, I was reading that they only work with really young trees like 1-2 years old. Can I espalier the dwarf 3-4ft trees you offer?
Kristi H on Feb 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes you can, our trees when shipped are 2 years of age.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do Bartlett pear trees need full sun in winter? If not, how much do they need?
Brian on Feb 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. It also Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32?? and 45?? F in a typical winter season.)
Need a catalog to order. Can you send me a catalog?
Dan J on Feb 3, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We have decided to discontinue our seasonal printed and digital catalogs. We believe focusing on improvements to our website is better for the planet, aligns with our company values, and will serve the community of backyard growers best.
Our website will continue to offer more products, articles, and community content than our printed catalogs ever could. Please join us here and your favorite social media apps as we move forward in this new chapter of our history! Thank you for your continued support.

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bartlett pear tree
I have purchased Bartlett pear trees from stark in the past and they have always done great. So I ordered another one. Tree some years had so many pears that I had to put props under the limbs. I would buy from them again.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Excellent Tree for the price
I purchased two types of pear trees...this Bartlett Pear and the Starking Pear. Of course the Starking grew much faster than the Bartlett, but it is still a fine specimen. The young tree arrived perfectly pruned and packed to stay moist. It mysteriously died over the winter and Stark Bros replaced it quickly after walking me through the process to make sure the tree was actually dead. I will not buy plants from any other company than Stark Bros. They really are the best.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Bartlett Pear
My best fruit tree! Produced pears two years after planting and produces reliability each year. Picked a bushel last year which was its 5th year after planting. Tree is beautiful year round. Pears are sweet and delicious.
April 22, 2016
Wonderful pear, fireblight magnet
Bartlett is still my favorite pear for flavor (I mean the ones I've grown, not the store bought ones:). I had a tree that produced great fruit for some years, but gradually succumbed to firelight disease, where I had to keep lopping off branches. Not worth it. Look for ones with fireblight resistance, which is most other pears today.
September 2, 2016
2 year old pear trees
Our pear trees look green, healthy and growing. We transplanted them to put them in a row and amended the soil with packages of organic mulch, and our local mulch we had trucked in. We do not spray. The year before we had put in Crimson clover and this attracts bees, but our trees have not yet fruited and barely begun to flower. I suppose because they are still young. Our backyard is in an East/ West direction and they are on the Eastern side in a row in the back on the North side of our house. Thank you.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great Bartlett pear free
Tree arrived in great condition, I followed the instruction and planted it. Unfortunately a woodchuck decided it liked Bartlett pear trees too, and bit it off about 6 inches above the ground. Now the tree has recovered and is growing fine now, over a year later. Great little tree, I can't wait until I start getting some pears!
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Bartlett Pear tree
Last year we put in a Bartlett Pear tree. It was a mild winter for the most part. We did have some extreme cold, but not much. The tree seems to be doing great so far. There are buds on the branches and it looks healthy.
March 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nice small tree
This was my first pear tree. We have 11 other fruit trees in northern utah. It's on the second year & has doubled in size. Only one pear this year. Sine it is a dwarf I believe it will take a few years & be a good producer. Good shape & healthy leaves. Look forward to watch the tree progress over time. Slower grower compared to apricot purchased at same time. Would have purchased mid size instead of dwarf if available.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
bartlett pear tree
Our tree is growing bigger than we thought after1year it is atleast7foot already great tree thank you
July 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
Happy with purchase thus far
I am happy with it so far, it is growing well, has not fruited yet but only in its 2nd year. yes, I would buy this again. I have to battle the gophers from eating it, they already got my lovely Duchess of Oldenburg apple tree, grrrr!
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago