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Grow this robust tree (blight-resistant and bears young) with its big, yellow fruit as far North as Zone 4 and as far South as Zone 9. The perfect pear for canning and preserves. Pick your pears when still firm and yellow-green in color. Then store at 60-70 degrees F to allow pears to finish ripening. Self-pollinating. Harvest in mid-October.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Coarse
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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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.


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. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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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when is a kieffer pear ready to pick in southern Indiana??
Dale N on Jul 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: While most types of fruit reach their peak on the branch or vine, pears need to be picked before ripening. If left on the tree, pears ripen from the inside out and, by the time they seem to be at the ripe stage, they are beyond it ??? usually mushy with a mealy texture beneath the skin.

To avoid such results, you must pick pears when they are mature but not yet fully ripened. Figuring out the answer to ???when are pears ripe???? can be difficult. When in season, a mature pear will still be firm to the touch, so feel won???t be a strong indicator. You can???t really go by sight either; a mature pear could be a variation of colors, like green, yellow, or even blush, depending on the variety.

The best way to tell if a pear is ready to harvest is by taking the fruit in your hand and tilting it horizontally. The mature fruit will easily come away from the branch at this angle (as opposed to its natural vertical hanging position). If it is not yet ready for picking, it will hold on to the branch.
Will a Kieffer pear tree pollinate my Maxine Pear Trees? I live in NE Michigan, zone 4B. Please advise.
Neal L on Jul 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Kieffer and Maxine will cross-pollinate one another for fruit production.
is this a good eating pear?
brook on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The fruit does still need to be ripened off the tree like other European type pears, but it retains its apple-like crunch. The best way to tell if it's ready to eat after picking and ripening off the tree is to squeeze it gently near the "shoulder" of the fruit and when it gives slightly, it's ready. The flavor improves as it ripens and would probably not be as good if the fruit is eaten right off the tree.
Although Kieffer is Self Pollinating - would Hosui Asian Pear be a good pollinator for it? And vice-versa?
Naba T on Jan 14, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Both varieties are self pollinating and do not require another tree to bear fruit. If you are planting self pollinating trees they do say having another variety planted close by will bring larger crop yield.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will you have Kieffers for spring 2021 ? And will a Kieffer pollinate a Stark Hardy Giant Asian. Zone 4B
WILLIAM S on Dec 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are out of stock this spring. Make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again. Also these 2 varieties will pollinate together.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will this match as a pollinator for a Harrow Sweet pear tree?
Joseph L on May 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
will kieffer pears pollinate bartlett pears?
RUSTY on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Kieffer and Bartlett will cross-pollinate one another.
What do I use to pollinate a kieffer pear tree? and how do I use it?
John H on May 2, 2020
Can you freeze Kieffer pears?
Peter M on Apr 27, 2020

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