A productive, hearty variety. This tree bears large crops of medium-size fruit featuring glossy yellow skin with tan-russet hues. Flesh is aromatic and juicy with a smooth, buttery texture. These pears store well and are good for fresh eating, canning or making desserts or pear butter. Tree is disease-resistant to fire blight and has an upright growth habit. Originates in Ohio, introduced in 1998. Heat-tolerant. Harvest in early September. Best pollinators: Bartlett or Beurre Bosc. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Chill Hours 700 - 800
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tasty
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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

Recommended Spacing

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


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 am looking for a juicy sweet pears that I can enjoy right off the tree. :)
Rosemay F on May 5, 2021
It's delicious and fireblight resistant
Patricia B on Jan 18, 2021
I am looking for a juicy sweet pears that I can enjoy right off the tree. :)
Rosemay F on May 5, 2021
Need a pear tree in my yard.
Bobby C on Mar 4, 2021
It's delicious and fireblight resistant
Patricia B on Jan 18, 2021
For fruit and to make preserves
Elizabeth L on Apr 15, 2020
it looks like the pears/tree I had for 40 years, then it had to be cut down.Trunk was rotting from the inside.Pears were the sweetest (the bees would get drunk on the sweetness(sugar ) from this pear.Plus this tree originates from Ohio.(I think)
Jerry J on Mar 24, 2020
Look similar to the Bartlett, which are my favorite
Dionne Z on Mar 14, 2020
disease resistance (hopefully)
Mr Spock on Feb 2, 2020
Disease resistance. I try to avoid pesticides.
Victor T on Jan 18, 2020
cross pollinator and flavor
John B on Jan 5, 2020
Fireblight resistant.
melissa m on Jun 16, 2019
Resistance to fireblight
Andrea F on May 27, 2019
the description sounds delicious
Ashley G on May 24, 2019
Will grow in hot climate. Available for quick delivery.
KAREN M on Oct 25, 2018
Fireblight resistant
WILLIAM M on Jan 6, 2017
My family loves fruit and I love to take care of plants; all of these work for me and my family for our zone type. This way the plants are happy and we are happy.
Barbara G on Mar 9, 2016
Need a pear tree in my yard.
Bobby C on Mar 4, 2021
For fruit and to make preserves
Elizabeth L on Apr 15, 2020
Will the kieffer pear pollinate Blake's Pride?
Ray O on Feb 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, those two are good partners.
What would be a good pollinator for this tree. Can I use the Hosui Asian pear as a pollinator?
jerry L on Apr 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can use Hosui. We recommend Bartlett or Beurre Bosc because of their bloom time.
What is it's family?
Gianna R on Nov 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Gianna. f you mean its botanical name, it's Pyrus communis.
Will this pear pollinate/be pollinated by moonglow?
Megan N on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. It will also pollinate Sunrise. If you plant the three together, you will have a very beautiful trio of pear trees. :-)
Would like to try espalier. I live in zone 9b which fruit trees would be best?
Lorice S on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: ]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: //
How many chill hours does it need?
Squid on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 700-800 chill hours.

Customer Reviews

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This pear was slow out the shoot, (2015-70437) however picked up steam once winter was behind us. It has grown nicely this year except for the aphids they also attacked my Bartlett pear which is ten feet away, also Stark. The Blake started much better than the Bartlett however the Bartlett is playing catchup now that I have taken care of the aphids. This is the first time I have seen aphids on my property and I am a rose grower - there must be something very sweet in these trees...
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Blakes Pride Pear
I purchased my first Blakes Pride in the Spring of 2018 to add to my older pear orchard - where older severely storm damaged trees had been removed. I am in zone 7B and that tree has grown very well and is about 8 feet tall in July 2019. I pot the trees in Miracle Grow potting soil and keep them in a protected area in pots for a number of months before planting in Fall. The second tree purchased in the spring of 2019 was smaller than the caliper I had ordered, and Stark sent a replacement (that unfortunately was also undersized). But, both of the new trees are also growing well while still in pots awaiting planting. None of these trees have required any special care other than I do water those still in pots every 1-2 days.
July 22, 2019
over 3 years ago
Southern Pear
I may have gotten my order in to late but I did not receive my tree in the fall as I prefer. It arrived in the spring. To day it is one year old. I have a sprinkler system so it is doing well. I have sprayed it last year and this with fungicide to help it ward off Fire Blight. No fruit but I expect that in year tree. I live in a different place but in the past I have bought probable 50 trees From SB. They all did very well and I learned a lot from trees.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Good trees
They say they are not for Arizona clement. Well, I plane 2 of them and they are doing very good!!
June 2, 2019
over 2 years ago
My Blake's Pride pear has not done well since planting. It is alive, but not thriving. Other stock ordered at the same time are doing reasonably well, but are not far enough along to produce fruit yet.
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Up and died
I planted the pear tree in a whisky barrel. It was doing OK for 6 months, then the leaves started to turn brown and fall off around August and was bare by September. It never came back. Stark did replace the tree with an apple so I have high hopes.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago