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Big, bold, blushed fruit. This beautiful, Bartlett-type pear is soft and juicy without being mushy. The tree is disease-resistant to fire blight and will bear fruit for years. A strong pollinator for other pear varieties. Originates from Maryland, introduced in 1960. Harvest in September. Best pollinators: Starking® Delicious™ or Bartlett.


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

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
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 9 - 11' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 10' 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'


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
Good pollinator for other pear trees. Delicious fruit
Elizabeth M on Jun 14, 2020
I don't have one.
Old Coot on Jun 6, 2020
Good pollinator for other pear trees. Delicious fruit
Elizabeth M on Jun 14, 2020
Donald B on Jun 10, 2020
I don't have one.
Old Coot on Jun 6, 2020
Great taste
RENO R on Jun 6, 2020
The description sounds good and it should grow in my zone.
Lisa c on Jun 5, 2020
We live in zone 6 in an area that is rampant with Fire Blight. I've heard from many different people that this pear is a good producer in climates colder and similar to mine.
Rosalie D on Jun 5, 2020
From the description of the fruit. That is the type of pear I love to eat! Don't like the "apple type" pears, crunchy pears, etc.
Paula D on Jun 5, 2020
To cross polonaise with the Bartlett pear tree
Waukesha R on Jun 4, 2020
Eric P on Jun 3, 2020
available now, fire blight resistant
James M on Jun 3, 2020
Just discovered that my pear I planted years ago (told it was self) needs a friend!!
vanessa t on Jun 3, 2020
Cross pollination
CHARLES S on Jun 2, 2020
Growers say this is one of the best Pears. It's also on sale.
Charles E on Jun 1, 2020
On sale
Marina I on May 31, 2020
I like the name, and it will help pollinate other pear trees
Cathleen C on May 29, 2020
Good pollinator and on sale
Anne M on May 27, 2020
looking for a 2nd pear variety and the reviews were good
Jim B on May 27, 2020
Wanted a good pollinator for an existing Bartlett pear tree.
Bruce K on May 26, 2020
Teresa T on May 23, 2020
Pollinate Honeysweet pear
Sandra K on May 23, 2020
To cross-pollinate a Bartlett, and because it???s lovely in its own right
Jinny S on May 16, 2020
Disease resistance.
Paula D on May 11, 2020
Because mine died
Alice S on Apr 10, 2020
Recommended pollinator for Bartlett Pear
Tim H on Mar 31, 2020
Its a pollinator
Doug M on Mar 16, 2020
Was recommended by our NC extension dept.
Robert S on Mar 15, 2020
they are beautiful, and I can't wait to try them!
Teri b on Mar 14, 2020
Needed a pollinator tree
Jeffrey L on Mar 7, 2020
On sale and because of characteristics.
Winfridus B on Mar 6, 2020
Variety and pollinate.
Rick D on Mar 5, 2020
Jame Prigioni grows them and I like the name
Heat C on Mar 4, 2020
I read that it is resistant to fireblight and is sweet.
Hilary S on Feb 27, 2020
I want to eat it
Jamelia S on Feb 26, 2020
I heard was outstanding fruit and I want it to last for years for my family.
Lorna M on Feb 25, 2020
Blight resistance, pollination and storage
Karen R on Jan 25, 2020
Maryland extension service recommended variety
Bruce R on Jan 10, 2020
As a pollinator for Bartlett pear.
Lucretia B on Dec 12, 2019
Potted mainly not bateroot
Phyllis M on Nov 6, 2019
Pollinator, Bartlett like and blight resistant
MARIA G on Oct 23, 2019
sounds good plus its a good pollinator for my existing pear
BRUCE V. on Sep 11, 2019
I want disease resistant pear trees and you advertise this as disease resistant
Chris M on Aug 15, 2019
Fire blight resistant
Melissa R on Aug 2, 2019
Moonglow is supposed to be highly fire blight resistant. With frequent spring hail storms this has been a problem that perhaps Moonglow can solve??
Guy F on Jul 20, 2019
Wanted one of these for quite a while now and it was on sale
Danyell K on Jun 18, 2019
Pears that have a red blush also give the added bonus of beautiful fall foliage once they are established over time. Moonglow has a nice red blush and it is known, along with the Bartlett Pear and Red Sensation Pear (and others) to display red leaves after the cold weather arrives in autumn. Beautiful street tree or front yard tree as well!
Randy L on Jun 7, 2019
Love the color of the fruit
bill L on Jun 5, 2019
I think this is a interesting version of a pear
Stephen E on May 31, 2019
Looks to be a great tasting, easy to grow pear
matt n on May 30, 2019
Read about in my book, The Back Yard Orchardist.
Gary L on May 3, 2019
We ordered peach trees that were "supreme" size and I was happy with the straight trunk and good condition of the trees that arrived. These seemed like a good price for the same size tree. I hope to get the same quality. The reviews were positive so we will give it a try.
Amber C on May 3, 2019
Donald B on Jun 10, 2020
Great taste
RENO R on Jun 6, 2020
Will moonglow pear polinate keiffer?
Nmarie on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is enough overlap in their bloom times for them to cross-pollinate.
How are they for canning?
Linda B on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pears make wonderful chutney.
Which other pear can polinate a Moonglow Pear tree?
Elismar on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I plant Moonglow, Bartlett and Starkling delicious together. I have about 30 of
each kind and they seem to be doing great.
Will a Maxine pear be a good pollinator?
SusuB on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would. The two pears have similar bloom times.
What are the approximate bloom dates for this pear?
Nathan B on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: All depends which zone you are in, but it is an early pear. Average quality. I purchased it as a good pollinator for my other trees and was surprised to see this as a consistent performer.
which pear tree is the sweetest? and whih one produce the fastest?
glenda m on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: "Sweetest" is a subjective matter of personal taste, but some people say Stark Sugarsweet, then Stark Honeysweet, then Max-Red Bartlett, then Comice, then Seckel. Max-Red will bear soonest of the bunch, bust most pear trees take 4-6 years.
How old are the trees you ship?
Anj R on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees are 2 years of age at shipping.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can you get 2 different size trees to help with pollination? Ie: standard moongpow pear with a semi dwarf Starling delicious or dwarf Anjou?
Colleen S on Jun 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Correct, you can plant a variety of sizes and they should all work for cross pollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What rootstock are the semi-dwarf pears grown on?
K W on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will dwarf moonglow pear trees be restocked for spring 2020?
LInda N on Feb 8, 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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does the Seckel pear pollinate a moon glow pear?
Kevin J on Aug 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does.
Is the Summercrisp pear tree a good pollinator for Anjou?
Thanks Jodie
Jodie D on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
I just bought a kieffer pear is this a good pollinator for moonglow pear?
Peggy on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That should work fine.

Customer Reviews

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Good Quality Start….You do the rest
I have bought trees from Stark Brothers many times over the past 20 years. The quality of these trees have always been very good. They are the size that's advertised, well shaped, have a good root system, arrived on time and were very well packaged to preserve them in shipment. Stark Brothers quality is far better than other nurseries I have delt with. I have the holes ready before the shipment arrives and plant them as soon as the box hits my porch. I dig a hole about 36 inches across and 18 inches deep. I jibble up the soil real well and shake out all the grass roots. I make a mound about 6 inches tall in the middle and set the root ball on it punching a little hole in it for the tap root and then spread the roots out around that mound covering with dirt as I go up and firming it just a little so the dirt will contact the roots well and work my way up the root system like stacking pancakes being careful not to cover deeper than the graft. I leave a small bowl like depression to catch water. I water very well until the water stands in that bowl. As time goes on I water often enough to keep the soil very damp but not soggy. It takes about 45 minutes a tree to do this like I do (assuming you have the hole pre dug and worked up.) I am not a professional but I think this attention to the roots during planting is extremely important. No they want plant themselves and you for sure can't just wad the roots up and stuff them in a little hole and expect survival. Be sure to be ready and plant them as soon as you get them if possible but don't rush it and botch it. I bought a moon glow pear for pollination last year. This is it's second spring here and it already has 2 small pears on it .The other trees are doing very well too. Over the years I have bought and planted approximately 50 trees and plants from Stark Brothers and every single one of them (except for one fig) is doing well and that fig is still hanging on and may perk up….I'll wait and see. I have been very pleases with the quality of merchandise from Stark Brothers but you gotta do your part…Stark has done theirs. For me planting is as much fun as eating the fruit. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in doing it well and in knowing you left a place better than you found it. Keep the rows straight and everything properly spaced and there's nothing any prettier.
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Huge Pears
These are huge pears with a buttery smooth texture that is sweet and delicious. The tree produces so many, the limbs need support. We eat them fresh, and use them for canning. Watch out for stink bugs!
May 30, 2016
Greatest pears we have ever eaten! crunchy and sweet!! It seems to do best with chicken manure and good hydration. got fruit as large as a medium size grapefruit and they were DELICIOUS!!!!
May 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
I bought the Moonglow and 4 other varieties of pear trees in 1994 from Stark Nursery. This tree has outproduced Delicious, Sekel, Honeysweet and Comice consistently for 18 years and is still going strong. I used limb spreaders for the first several years as well as a few fertilizer spikes which enabled them to develop into beautifully-shaped trees with proper pruning. If I were to plant additional trees, I would ONLY get them from Stark Brothers. You can’t go wrong.
August 28, 2018
Moonglow Pear
I'm very pleased with my moonglow pear tree. I have struggled with other sellers fruit trees, but only had one Stark Bos. tree ever die, and it was promptly and courteously replaced. The pear is healthy and full of tiny pears this year!
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
Moonglow pear
I have gotten this pear tree in both standard and dwarf. The dwarf is growing well but doesn't have the best shape as the branches all go straight up, it will obviously need some training and pruning. The standard version is living now for three years but is doing poorly with little growth. I am no beginner and my other pear and apple trees have done well.
August 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Grows in places Bartletts won't
My tree is not producing yet, however; it is growing with no sign of trouble in the spot that fire blight took less than 2 years to kill my Bartlett plantings.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Excellent grower
Planted in OKC March 2016 - abundant growth in first year. Now March 2017 - buds have broken out and looking good! Will need to prune for growth control this summer. Looking forward to fruiting!
March 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Moonglow Pear
It was a stick with a very small never stood a chance. I still have it planted, but I think it's dead. I was unhappy with what I was sent.
May 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Vigerous, healthy tree
This little tree has been growing great guns since I planted it. It was good and healthy with a nice size caliper when I received it and without a blemish to its bark.I firmly believe in starting with a healthy tree from the beginning to assure a good chance at success.My Moonglow has now begun it's second season, and is really putting on the branches fast. I'm looking forward to when I can begin having fruit from this great looking tree--thanks, Stark Brothers!
June 22, 2016
over 5 years ago