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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.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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
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'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

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.

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
One of the best
Doug H on Oct 9, 2018
Grandmothers favorite
Richard D on Sep 7, 2018
One of the best
Doug H on Oct 9, 2018
Love the taste. It reminds me of summers when I was young.
Mark Y on Sep 15, 2018
Grandmothers favorite
Richard D on Sep 7, 2018
Want to start growing the pears my Grandmother had in her back yard.
Terry K on May 19, 2018
Bought one a few years ago from Stark Bros .... Love this tree
endels construction on May 19, 2018
Reminds me of my grandma's yard, growing up. Pears have a taste and texture that cannot be imitated.
Aubrey S on May 3, 2018
Bartletts are delicious pears. They are very popular, and the trees seem to do well in the Midwest.
DAVID W on May 1, 2018
These are the trees and fruits of my childhood. Stark Bros makes it so easy to get great fruit trees and the information to make them prolific. I love these pears fresh and canned. Planning to can this fruit for my grandkids. Keeping good food and family tradition going beyond my generation.
TAMARA S on Mar 5, 2018
Previous purchase about 25 years ago. Reliable production and great taste fresh plus good for canning.
GENE C on Jun 14, 2017
I love Bartlett Pears. When I moved after "Sandy" I had to leave my pear trees behind even though they survived that hurricane and it's destruction. These pears are strong productive and needless to say sweet.
Julia H on Apr 11, 2017
My husband loves these pears and I was tickled to find this dwarf size!
Jenny D on Mar 24, 2017
love pears and this is a favorite
Judith A O on Mar 4, 2017
SHERRIE L on Feb 28, 2017
I bought this in conjunction with an Asian pear tree to achieve pollination of both trees.
Richard M on Feb 28, 2017
Had this pear variety for 20 yrs. Ready to be replaced.
Steve on Feb 28, 2017
Fresh eating and juice making
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Old timey pear like we had when I was a kid!
Daniel D on Feb 20, 2017
Excellent fresh eating & pie making pear!
Wendy C on Feb 11, 2017
Love Bartlett pears. Canned or fresh. Never tried any other type. Thought it was time to get myself a pear tree.
Leslie H on Feb 9, 2017
Our neighbors have one and she shares her extra pears with us but I want to start making preserves so we order are on tree.
Melinda S on Sep 6, 2016
Have heard a lot of good things about Bartlett
Fred D G on Aug 26, 2016
My mom likes pears. After ordering this variety I found out my mom prefers Anjou Pears. Will probably order the Anjou variety in a year or two.
GARY O on May 15, 2016
My mom needed a another pear to pollinate with an existing tree she has. I've read good things about this pear :)
Wayne T on Apr 29, 2016
round out a small pear orchard started last year
Erik W on Apr 29, 2016
Pollinator pair, family likes for fresh eating
Ruchika M on Apr 28, 2016
I want to give my son a wonderful fruit tree that he can enjoy for years to come and it will be the same age as new baby boy.
Thomas H on Apr 28, 2016
I chose a Bartlett pear tree because the fruit will ripen on your counter. The pear tree I have now will not allow the fruit to ripen on the tree or even on the counter top.
Rusha H on Apr 18, 2016
yummy-grandparents had one
beverly j on Apr 11, 2016
I have one, I wanted two.
Kurt W on Apr 10, 2016
A very famous pear for quality, as well as taste.
ronnie s on Apr 8, 2016
my daughter wanted to have pear trees
mark l on Apr 5, 2016
best tasting pear good crop year after year in Joliet Illinois. Planting another dwarf this year.
James S on Mar 31, 2016
I already own a bartlett pear tree and wanted to purchase another for our eating pleasure.
Carrie H on Mar 24, 2016
The kids love Bartlett pears
Jonathan H on Mar 14, 2016
My husband said if we are going to have pears we have to have this variety. He grew up with fruit trees cluttering their acre property. I, myself, wanted the Seckel Pear. Then I choose the Moonglow to pollinate the Bartlett. I am hoping this meets our pear munchies.
Mary T on Mar 13, 2016
Love the taste. It reminds me of summers when I was young.
Mark Y on Sep 15, 2018
Want to start growing the pears my Grandmother had in her back yard.
Terry K on May 19, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: //
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: ://
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.
Can a pineapple pear tree pollinate it?
Colton M on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, a Pineapple Pear will pollinate Bartlett.

Customer Reviews

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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 3 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
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 3 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 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
over 4 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 3 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
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 4 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 3 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 3 years ago