About the Moonglow Pear

The Moonglow Pear, a variety originating from Maryland and introduced in 1960, stands out for its distinct features. Its large, blushed fruit draws attention, resembling the popular Bartlett pear but with a unique character.

Unlike other pears, the Moonglow boasts a soft, juicy texture that avoids the undesirable mushiness often encountered. Moonglow pears can be enjoyed fresh, as well as used in cooking, canning, and freezing to preserve your harvest.

Its disease-resistant nature, particularly to fire blight, ensures the tree’s longevity and consistent fruit-bearing capacity. Notably, the Moonglow Pear serves as an effective pollinator for various pear varieties, adding to its practical value.

How to Grow the Moonglow Pear Tree

Cultivating the Moonglow Pear tree involves strategic planning for a productive outcome. Its resistance to fire blight, a common concern, is a noteworthy advantage, contributing to the tree’s endurance. Moreover, this variety significantly aids in pollination, benefiting adjacent pear trees. With a harvest window in September, the Moonglow Pear provides a rewarding yield.

This unassuming yet fruitful tree stands as a testament to practicality and reliability in home orchards.

See recommended pollinators below.

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

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
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'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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 100' 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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