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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.

Related Assortments

This item is also available in this money saving assortment.

We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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
My favorite pear.
Diane E on Mar 30, 2020
As a pollinator to anther pear tree
Debbie M on Mar 27, 2020
My favorite pear.
Diane E 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
the zone
JaNae M on Mar 20, 2020
Wanted fruit bearing tree for my apple tree
Trudi G on Mar 18, 2020
I love Bartlett pears
Teresa B on Mar 16, 2020
Well known name
Brian S on Mar 16, 2020
Easy to grow, good flavor.
Elizabeth D on Mar 16, 2020
replace dead one--rabbit/deer damage
m j on Mar 15, 2020
Good eating
Andrew L on Mar 14, 2020
Love Bartletts. Best pears around.
Dionne Z on Mar 14, 2020
Because I wanted a Dwarfed Pear tree and it was on sale.
LaQuetta M on Mar 13, 2020
Classic!!
Timothy J on Mar 12, 2020
This type of tree grows well in our area and it’s one of my favorite pears to eat
Tara P on Mar 11, 2020
great tasting pear
john r on Mar 9, 2020
Good pollinator with all others and a staple among pears
Bryan H on Mar 8, 2020
Standard pear that grows well in Oklahoma. Must, however, spray for fireblight.
James H on Mar 8, 2020
For pollination and good combination with Moonglow pear as you suggested.
Winfridus B on Mar 6, 2020
Love the taste of these pears and for pollinators
Rick D on Mar 5, 2020
I like to eat them
Heat C on Mar 4, 2020
5 STAR
David M on Mar 3, 2020
Decided I want this pear, our local store has poor fruit and I'm tired of trying to eat their crap
Lynne P on Mar 3, 2020
semi dwarf, good for my zone
David B on Mar 1, 2020
Because it was compatible with my area
ThomasH on Feb 26, 2020
I got this one because it was a dwarf, a pollinators and produces excellent fruit.
Lorna M on Feb 25, 2020
dwarf
chip r on Feb 22, 2020
I love pears. My best one was destroyed in a wind storm.
M on Feb 22, 2020
Like pears and wanted to try and grow them.
John S on Feb 21, 2020
Old standby and to pollinate the Red Clapp
Mike R on Feb 19, 2020
pollinater
tony on Feb 19, 2020
It's my favorite pear. I have a d'anjou and not crazy about it. It will serve as a pollinator
Erin G on Feb 6, 2020
good pollinator for Asian pears
EDWARD T on Jan 30, 2020
I choose this one because the pear tree I bought at home depot died while the one I order from here lived.
Matthew H on Jan 26, 2020
Hoping to be able to can pears if they produce prolifically.
Sean C on Jan 20, 2020
Love fruit n will b a great addition 2my fruit tree orchard
Joseph S on Jan 18, 2020
I have grown this verity before and liked them
Gaylen E on Jan 13, 2020
I like to eat fresh pears! I ordered this one and another type of pear for pollination purposes. This will also add more blossoms for my bees to visit.
Karen E on Jan 8, 2020
flavor
John B on Jan 5, 2020
New addition for my dwarf tree orchard which include apples,cherry and peaches.
William J D on Jan 5, 2020
For making pear preserves
Lucretia B on Dec 12, 2019
Love Bartlett pears n can’t find any trees local
T O on Nov 18, 2019
variety
JAMES M on Nov 10, 2019
Great pear for canning and eating.
Sarah D on Oct 14, 2019
I love it.
Rory L on Oct 13, 2019
Been eating them since I was little like the taste
Ronald w on Aug 17, 2019
easy to grow
Tina H on Jun 10, 2019
We had friends who had pears out in California and loved them. We no longer have much land, but we want to give these dwarf trees a chance!
Paul C on Jun 1, 2019
I wanted to try some of your products.
Hyacinth W on May 26, 2019
My fav pear!
KATHLEEN C. on May 23, 2019
adding variety to a food plot
Rick T on Mar 28, 2020
they are a softer pear and ripen sooner and I like them
Debra h on Mar 26, 2020
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Will an Anjou pear tree work as a cross pollinator for a Bartlett pear tree?
Thank you. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Richard S on Aug 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will, and that includes Red Anjou.
Will bradford pear trees pollinate the bartlett trees< as the bradford trees arte overall for looks when they bloom and they are early bloomers ?
guinn on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Bradford is strictly an ornamental tree and will not pollinate a fruiting tree.
we are in a microclimate in the mountains - our real zone is 4 - is this tree compatible with -20* winters?
M C on Nov 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This pear's coldest zone rating is 5, as are most pears - you might try a cold-hardy Asian pear, like Peggy. It is superb. Here is a link to the page if you're interested: ://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/pear-trees/peggy-asian-pear
Is it still a good time to plant trees as it is already JUne. What should I know about successful planting if I buy a few trees now?
Ev C on Jun 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in Michigan, and it is still a great time to plant here. Be sure to read up on the stark website the soil suggestions, make sure they are in a very sunny, well drained area. I would suggest a bit of easily removable fence to keep the deer from eating all the leaves and the young branches, mulch (or tree skirt) and keep it watered through the summer. Then put on a tree guard for winter :) good luck!
I know deer eat apples ,will they leave pears alone or do they also eat them?
charles s on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They will eat anything that's green when hungry enough. Especially in the early spring and winter when food sources are scarce. We have our pear trees and other fruit trees inside a fence. The fence was down early this spring and in one night they came in and browses the buds on my pears and other fruit trees . We also have a lot of deer. But if you do too, they will be into your pears without fence.
Can you plant 2 Bartlett pear trees to cross pollinate each other ?
Doug M on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the same variety cannot pollinate itself; you need another variety of early-blooming pear, like Starking Delicious or Moonglow.
Will a bartlett produce fruit without another pear tree?
Eric J on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, Bartlett pear trees require a pollinator. We recommend Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow because they have similar bloom times to Bartlett.
which type of bartlett pear tree is best for an espalier?
rebecca o on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Most definitely the dwarf or Supreme dwarf (which is a bit more established/gives you a head start). The standard-size tree would be difficult to manage as an espaliered tree.
i have apyrus pyrifolia orient tree will it go with a bartlett pear ?
bill m on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bartlett blooms relatively early and overlaps with most Asian pear varieties, so it should work.

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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
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
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 4 years ago
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 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
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
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
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
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
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