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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
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'


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
Great pear for canning and eating.
Sarah D on Oct 14, 2019
Been eating them since I was little like the taste
Ronald w on Aug 17, 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
You had the tree I was looking for
Donna L on May 22, 2019
They are easy to grow, great taste, very good pollinator.
KERRY B on May 20, 2019
Customer reviews
Bill A on May 18, 2019
I am tickled to order the Bartlett I have been waiting for this to go on sale, we lost our Bartlett in the wildfire so excited to replace this variety as well. We will be ordering each season fruit tree varieties we lost in the wildfire plus any neat varieties we wanted as well
Wendy H. on May 16, 2019
hardiness and old standby variety that you know what the fruit will be like
John S on May 1, 2019
I have a Bartlett pear tree I ordered a few years ago from Stark Bro's. It has grown very well, and producing some very nice fruit!
Mary D on Apr 30, 2019
A favorite and easy to grow.
Robert B on Apr 30, 2019
My husband's favorite pear tree.
Pam B on Apr 24, 2019
Very Best Pear sweet and juicy easy to grow plant
Peter D on Apr 14, 2019
Have a hybrid pear that hasn???t produced any fruit for couple of years and hoping this will help
KAREN G on Apr 13, 2019
Customer Reviews
Paula J on Apr 11, 2019
I like the flavor and texture of these pears.
Bernadean B on Apr 2, 2019
It???s the standard pear and we all know that Pear flavor and pollinator
Kimberly D on Mar 29, 2019
To graft my great great grandfather's pear tree onto it before I lose it
Lowell W on Mar 23, 2019
A favorite Pear.
James G on Mar 17, 2019
We have had two Bartlett trees for 40 years. Storms damaged both of them. They produce great pears for canning! Love the classic pear flavor. Ripened Barletts make the BEST pear pie! (You won't need sugar!)
DOUG VALERIE K on Mar 8, 2019
Great pear for eating and canning!
Sandy B on Mar 6, 2019
as a pollinator for Moonglow
LINDA L on Mar 2, 2019
Best pear tree to have.
Chris B on Feb 28, 2019
Good all around pear
Robert W on Feb 23, 2019
Sweet juicy wonderful fresh fruit
David R on Feb 22, 2019
Just a great sweet pear.
CARL V on Feb 21, 2019
Recommended pollinator
Rhonda S on Feb 17, 2019
traditionally a good flavor choice
Thomas S on Feb 12, 2019
I grew up eating this pear and really like them.
Ronald M on Jan 19, 2019
Needed cross pollinator in small area.
Andrew C on Jan 18, 2019
From the information supplied by your web site.
Randy K on Jan 17, 2019
I have been associated with Barlett Pears from my aunt's Bartlett pear trees when I was in elementary school. I have planted 2 in the last 12 years and wanted two more.
WILLIAM S on Jan 14, 2019
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.
Anon on Feb 28, 2017
I love it.
Rory L on Oct 13, 2019
easy to grow
Tina H on Jun 10, 2019
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: //
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.
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: ://
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 4 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
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 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
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 5 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 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
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
over 4 years ago