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Description

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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
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'

Pollination

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.

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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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I LOVE BARTLETT PEARS
angeline m on May 26, 2020
Supposed to be the best pear ?
Robert R on May 24, 2020
I LOVE BARTLETT PEARS
angeline m on May 26, 2020
my favorite variety to eat, my dad had one in the yard also
Leslie A on May 25, 2020
Supposed to be the best pear ?
Robert R on May 24, 2020
Dwarf fits my yard
Ed D on May 22, 2020
Dwarf, pollinator in stock
Falan M on May 20, 2020
Have other pears that will pollinate
ROBERT N on May 16, 2020
Love them for sauce
Teresa E on May 16, 2020
I chose the Bartlett Pear tree because it is one of the best pears for fresh eating and cold canning. The tree is self polinating, the pear is not too hard and is sweet. When hot or cold (which I prefer) canned it retains it's shape and tastes great. We've had pear trees for several years. We moved last year and are looking forward to picking and eating fresh pears in our back yard again. Our grandkids love picking fruit at our house with us as well.
Maria S on May 15, 2020
my other pear tree doesn't bear fruit after 5 years.
Steve on May 15, 2020
Had this tree at previous home. Everyone loved the flavor.
Tim J on May 14, 2020
Quality
David C on May 11, 2020
Bought two seckle pear last year from you, one is growing the other is only green at the base and dont think it will be any good.
Randall H on May 11, 2020
Great old pear, at the right price.
Jonathan O on May 11, 2020
I need a good pollinator for my other pears.
Dennis D on May 10, 2020
I wanted a fruit tree and am a beginner gardener. Your website was endorsed by a You Tuber that I watch often and he did an unboxing of a tree he ordered from you and I was very impressed with the shipping and quality of the product he received. The YouTube influencer is LeadFarmer73. He recommends your company highly.
Daphne T on May 10, 2020
Planted two bare root pear trees purchased from you last spring. One did not "wake up" so I will plant another nearby as they need pollinators.
Holly R on May 9, 2020
Pollinator
Annie M on May 7, 2020
Have a very small yard and needed a pollinator for another pear. Have had great success with Stark products through the years!
Stephen C on May 6, 2020
Pear preserves, a specialty!
Teresa P on May 5, 2020
I had one years ago and enjoyed it's reliable performance
david b on May 2, 2020
Color and teste
Jorge L on Apr 26, 2020
pollinator
TOM A on Apr 24, 2020
Chosen because it is my husbands favorite pear
Rosemary F on Apr 21, 2020
I needed a pollinator for my Giant Asian Pear which I ordered from you last year. My other one didn???t survive when we moved.
Lynne D H on Apr 19, 2020
Grew up having them!
David M on Apr 19, 2020
Starting Delicious was unavailable
David H on Apr 18, 2020
I chose this tree because i LOVE Bartlett pears
Erica E on Apr 18, 2020
On sale and ???easy to grow???. Also smaller mature tree for my space.
K K on Apr 16, 2020
looks great on photo
Laura A on Apr 15, 2020
pollination
John P on Apr 15, 2020
I wanted a good canning pear. There is nothing like home canned pears with cottage cheese to chase away the dark days of January and February.
Bret M on Apr 12, 2020
I want to find a sweet fruit tree,I hope that the one.
patty L on Apr 12, 2020
neighbor told me
Diane B on Apr 8, 2020
needed a pollinator, wanted one easy to grow!
Dennis M on Apr 8, 2020
as a cross pollinator to my other pear trees
Gretchen W on Apr 7, 2020
taste and easy to grow
Rachael C on Apr 7, 2020
Easy to grow. Stark Brothers has top quality products.
Mariana S on Apr 6, 2020
To replace older pear trees
MARIA P on Apr 6, 2020
It is a wonderful cross with the starking delicious pear
J A on Apr 4, 2020
Pear trees are hardy & easy to grow
rachel W on Apr 4, 2020
needed a pollinator
susan c on Apr 3, 2020
my favorite pear
J R G on Apr 3, 2020
Taste
Jeffory C on Apr 1, 2020
Recommended pollinator for Moonglow Pear
Tim H on Mar 31, 2020
one of the last varieties in stock
Terrance K on Mar 31, 2020
My favorite pear.
Diane E on Mar 30, 2020
The websight said I would get 10% off when ordering and did not get
Daniel L on Mar 30, 2020
adding variety to a food plot
Rick T on Mar 28, 2020
As a pollinator to anther pear tree
Debbie M on Mar 27, 2020
they are a softer pear and ripen sooner and I like them
Debra h on Mar 26, 2020
my favorite variety to eat, my dad had one in the yard also
Leslie A on May 25, 2020
Dwarf fits my yard
Ed D on May 22, 2020
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.
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: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/pears-ready-to-harvest
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.
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.
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 www.starkbros.com 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
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.

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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.
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!

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Will barlett pollinate with a shandoah pear tree?
Mark W on Apr 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You may have to do more research but from what I know the type of pear tree isn???t as important as the distance they are apart from each other. Enter an answer to this question.
Do the dwarf pear trees flower?
Rob H on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. However, a lot of what I???ve ordered from here is slow growing or has died...I don???t order from here anymore
Can this tree be pollinated with another fruit tree besides pear?
Adrienne M on Apr 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It cannot. It must be pollinated with another pear tree. My Bartlett pear produced a one pear it???s first season in the ground. Excellent tree!
When will Bartlet pear tree bear fruit?
SHIRLEY S on Apr 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Some say 1st fruit in 3 years, others say 5 to 7 years. my tree is three this year looking forward the blooms this year. Good luck.
Does Bartlett pear trees require a pollinator ?
Willard H on Apr 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: From various sources, I understand that a Bartlett does not require a pollinator, but will yield more fruit with a pollinator. I planted a pollinator, but my trees are too young to fruit.
Does semi dwarf bartlett pear need a pollnator ?
Richard A on Mar 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The cross-pollinators are listed on the bottom of the starkbros webpage for the specific tree - Bartlett pear. Just scroll down and read them!
Is the root stock O.K. for pug akline soil?
Bob S on Feb 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will a keiffer pear be a good pollinator for a bartlett?
jeff d on Feb 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes - These two will pollinate each other.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
i LIVE IN ZONE 5A Your website says it would mail march 30 but the ground is still frozen till late april/may how can you specify a delivery date?
JONATHAN P on Feb 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: ???We appreciate you reaching out to us. We understand that our estimated delivery dates are not good for everyone. If you'd like us to modify the date, just send us the order number and specified date and we will make the change for you. Customer support can be reached via emailing info@starkbros.com or calling 800.325.4180.

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!
Do you have grafted cross pollinating Bartlett trees?
Rod E on Jan 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. All of our pear trees are grafted trees.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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.

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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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago