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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
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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
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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
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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
Sweet childhood memories. A special treat at homecoming.
Dennis G on Nov 4, 2018
The color looks gorgeous!
Regan T on Sep 10, 2018
Sweet childhood memories. A special treat at homecoming.
Dennis G on Nov 4, 2018
Needed a pollintator for my barlett pear
Deborah s on Oct 10, 2018
The color looks gorgeous!
Regan T on Sep 10, 2018
It was a good buy
stella m on Jun 9, 2018
For our area. Disease-resistant to fire blight.
Dorothy L T on May 20, 2018
resistant to blight
Sylvia l on May 12, 2018
Because it is fireblight resistant
STEPHEN K on May 3, 2018
Fire blight resistance! We do have fire blight here already, so the fire blight resistance is really necessary. Bartlett like flavor they say, and I love Bartlett pears. Should work nice with my food dehydrator, too.
Janet D on Nov 23, 2017
It's blight resistant and a good pollinator for my Bartlett and the fruit sounds lovely in color and texture.
Brenda B on Oct 28, 2017
Replace one that got trampled by rogue cows (not mine) :(
Kyle S on Apr 14, 2017
Identified by University of TN as an appropriate pear for Middle TN.
GLORIA B on Mar 25, 2017
Prettier than standard bartlett, but seems to be just as ideal for pollinating. Looking for a good fresh-eating pear right off the tree.
Jeremy H on Mar 15, 2017
Fire Blight resistant. It is one of the recommended varieties by NC State for the Piedmont in NC.
Michael L on Dec 26, 2016
The Missouri Extension service recommends this variety and Starking Delicious for growing in this region, where heat and fungal diseases are often a problem.
Cassie H on Sep 14, 2016
I prefer the old fashion fruits
Rose B on Sep 8, 2016
I have grown this variety before, and it's delicious.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
Childhood memories.
Charles N on Apr 26, 2016
Fire Blight resistance. Going to try it.
KATHY S on Mar 22, 2016
blight-resistant type; compatible with pear I already have
Deta C on Mar 19, 2016
Needed a tree to pollinate the Bartlett, this one had a good description that I hope all of us will like.
Jonathan H on Mar 14, 2016
A new one...pollinator for the Seckel.
RICHARD C on Mar 10, 2016
As pollinator for Clapp's Favorite Pear. Hope it works!
Robert G on Mar 7, 2016
I chose this variety for it's fire blight resistance.
Matt O on Feb 25, 2016
Needed a pollintator for my barlett pear
Deborah s on Oct 10, 2018
It was a good buy
stella m on Jun 9, 2018
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.
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.
Is the Summercrisp pear tree a good pollinator for Anjou?
Thanks Jodie
Jodie D on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
Will the Moon Glow pear pollinate a Colette pear or visa versa?
Jerad H on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, it will not. Seckel or Bartlett are your best bets.
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.
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 3 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 4 years ago
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 3 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 3 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
Looks great so far!
Leafing out and looking great! Caged them up to keep mice from stripping bark.
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago