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Colette Everbearing Pear

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Outstanding quality that keeps going. Broad for its kind, this shapely tree repeat-blooms and bears until hard freeze. First crops are of Bartlett size with superior quality, yellow skin, and a light pink blush. Smooth and aromatic, grit-free white flesh is excellent for fresh eating but also retains its flavor when canned. Subsequent fruit is set when other pollinators have finished blooming – a unique trait of its somewhat self-fertile nature. Originates from Illinois, introduced in 1953. Cold-hardy. Harvest mid- to late-September through hard freeze. Partially self-pollinating. Best pollinators: Bartlett or Beurre Bosc. See more Recommended Pollinators below.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid To Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Spicy, Juicy
Texture Fine
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 7' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best results.

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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the zone
JaNae M on Mar 20, 2020
Compatible with my growing zone
MILLER R on Mar 11, 2020
the zone
JaNae M on Mar 20, 2020
Ever bearing is appealing in order to avoid having a huge crop all at once
Daniel C on Mar 13, 2020
Compatible with my growing zone
MILLER R on Mar 11, 2020
Trying pears for the first time and picked this one to pollinate my Bartlett.
Bernard A on Mar 1, 2020
Great pollinator
Jennifer P on Mar 1, 2020
chip r on Feb 22, 2020
self pollinating
Sophie on Feb 20, 2020
Like pears & self pollinating
DWIGHT C on Jan 21, 2020
Read the reviews and though I would give them a try
Gaylen E on Jan 13, 2020
Dwarf, Favorite pear.
Dennis J on Dec 21, 2019
It's unique, it is self fertile and requires no cross pollinator.
james h on Sep 30, 2019
Because its everbearing and well rated.
justin f on May 20, 2019
I love that this tree blooms several times each year. We get a late frost sometimes that kills the first blooms and then I have to wait another year for fruit. But this variety will re-bloom so I won’t miss out.
Chris N on May 9, 2019
Its everbearing which I've never heard of
Debra T on May 6, 2019
It was suitable for my area
ill H on Apr 14, 2019
This sounded rather interesting . I enjoy trying new things, so in a few years I will let you know how it does in KY
Margaret F on Apr 2, 2019
Partially self fertile and read previous purchasers reviews.
Terry C on Mar 27, 2019
self pollinating
Gwen L on Mar 20, 2019
Adding to our growing orchard and love the success we have had with the fruit trees purchased in the past.
Ellen S on Mar 1, 2019
Ever bearing produces fruit for a longer period.
David R on Feb 22, 2019
Needed to find pears that would grow in western SD
Cathy T on Feb 14, 2019
harvest timing and cross pollination
Ronda C on Sep 4, 2018
I live in a northern climate and these work here along with good reviews.
Jamie U on Apr 29, 2018
Self fertile and grit free.
ELAINE H on Apr 27, 2018
Looking for a pear that I had years ago and thought it was a colette so want to grow to see if it is the same wonderful pear I use to eat.
LANETTE V on Apr 21, 2018
Great pear, it does actually ripen over a much longer period of time and seems to shrug off fire blight. Also a tough tree as mine bounced right back after bear decided to pull off some branches.
Percy B on Jan 16, 2018
Self pollinating and cold hardy. Two seasons of bloom.
Joan N on May 6, 2017
Who doesn't want endless pears!
Bethney B on Apr 30, 2017
Self pollinating, not a lot of other zone 4 options that would pollinate each other.
Chris M on Mar 10, 2017
Most pears are Zone 5 this was zone 4
Amy V on Jan 22, 2017
I love the description of the texture of the flesh and that they are everbearing. Can't wait to see what happens.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
Late bearer of fruit for deer food plot enhancement.
Randall S on Mar 31, 2016
I purchased it previously and loved it.
DON W on Mar 15, 2016
Ever bearing is appealing in order to avoid having a huge crop all at once
Daniel C on Mar 13, 2020
Trying pears for the first time and picked this one to pollinate my Bartlett.
Bernard A on Mar 1, 2020
Is this Colette variety good for canning and cooking? Does it retain its flavor well?
Karen H on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have canned Colette pears for many years. It's my favorite. It holds its shape and texture and isn't mushy.
Can I plant fruit trees in the fall?
Phil P on Sep 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32ºF) and below 90ºF, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Is the Collette pear disease resistant?
Mark&Brenda L on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No problem with disease ,
Also no pears be three years but I live in Northern WIS .
All my Bosc tree branches grow in crazy circular directions. I'm afraid to drastically prune them, but they really grow in weird directions. Any suggestions?
SCOTT C on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure what happened but I would try pruning. My Colette didn't do that.
What are the sizes of your fruit trees and landscape trees at shipping?
Jane M on Mar 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark® Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
What size are the dwarf pears? I would like to have something at least 3 to 4 feet tall.
Daniel C on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon which option you choose. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu near the top of the page, which will show you the various sizes/options that are available.
Would this variety be good to espalier?
Laura W on Aug 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! These pears are slightly petite and beautifully color. An espalier would be gorgeous. Here's a great article on espalier: //
Will this pollinate an Anjou?
Vee K on Feb 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
How resistant is this variety to fire blight? Had another variety that was unfortunately all too susceptible to it.
Scott T on Oct 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If fire blight is a problem in your area, Colette is probably not the best choice. Here is a whole collection of disease-resistant pear trees, which you can also buy individually.

If you need more information, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180, we would be glad to help you find an answer.
What does partially self-pollinating means?
Beth M on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Partially self-pollinating implies that the tree can pollinate itself, but it has greater fruit yields when cross-pollinated by another pear variety. Since Colette is an "everbearing" pear tree, it is able to bloom (and set a light, second fruit crop) beyond the time when other pear trees are in flower.

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Colette Everbearing Pear Review
As I found out over time any bare root tree should initially be placed in a container for planting before even attempting planting it the ground. This has been proven by nurseries. I leave mine in the container from spring to fall and then plant the fruit tree in the ground.
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
Great tasting pear!
Not only is this a great tasting and hardy pear, but due to the everbearing nature it escapes the damaging late frost! I would definitely recommend this pear.
May 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Excellent pear tree
My grandma had this variety of pear tree when I was younger some of the best pears I have ever eaten.very versatile great for fresh eating or canning.they yield very well til the Frost comes not gritty like some of the varietys out there I love them and so do my daughters who are very finicky about the fruits they eat.
May 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Too early to say much
I planted the first of these only two years ago -- both of them are dwarfs. The year after I planted, the frost took the first bloom, but there was a second bloom without about five pears. The second year, I got about five pears again from the first bloom with no second bloom.

I also have an eight-year old dwarf moonglow which was covered with pears this year.

In a couple of years I will probably have a better idea of how the colettes are doing.
November 2, 2016
over 4 years ago
Happy so far!
We planted our Colette pear last year and have been very satisfied. We are zone 5 but had a pretty cold winter(-10F) with no ill effects. Also we don't have a pear tree near so we relied on self pollination. We have about a half dozen baby pears started. Seems to be a hardy little tree!
May 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Colette Overbearing Pears doing well
They are both doing well. I have them planted near my deer blind and I placed a 5' tree tube over them. Each has grown 4' out the top of the tube already. Can't wait to have them start producing in a couple years. Pears that drop all deer season long is a great tree to have! You are the only supplier that I found of these great trees.
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
So far so good
We planted the tree last year and it survived the VT winter and is just leafing out (May). So far, so good!
May 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Doing Great So Far
I planted colette pear spring of 2018 and it grew approximately 18 inches.This spring it is leafing out and has 12 clusters of blooms. It survived -25 degree winter in south-central Montana along with its companion tree,a Red Bartlett Dwarf.The only downside was when i tried to use a small limb spreader on a branch it broke off at the crotch with Very Little pressure,so be careful if using spreaders.I am very satisfied so far and looking forward to eating a pear.
May 15, 2019
1 year ago
Growing well.
Doing well nice green leaves, healthy so far. No blossoms but lots of new growth.
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Growing very well, little too soon for fruit but looking forward to them
May 3, 2017
over 4 years ago