Peggy Asian Pear

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A unique find! Discovered as a limb sport of Arirang Asian pear tree, Doug Keithly found a real winner. The fruit was noticeably different in that it ripened four weeks earlier and had a distinct shape and attractive russet color. He named the variety after the most precious thing he could think of – his wife Peggy.

The tree grows upright with a slight spreading nature. Its fruit is crisp and juicy with a green to golden yellow russeted skin. The fruit’s flesh is white with slight cream-yellow tint. Its taste is sweet and refreshing with a pleasant aroma. Fruit shape is more conical than most Asian pears. Fruit keeps well in proper storage — approximately 8 months. Discovered in 2003 in Yakima, Washington. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late August. Pollinator required: choose another pear variety like New Century, Hosui, or Bartlett. May be covered by USPP #29,880 or other patents.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late August/early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm, Crisp
Years to Bear 4 - 6
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

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'


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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Cross-pollinate with my moonglow!
Reid Y on Apr 4, 2021
Will grow in my area of VT.
Robert S on Feb 1, 2021
Cross-pollinate with my moonglow!
Reid Y on Apr 4, 2021
If it is so good that he was willing to name it after his wife I felt it must truly be good!!!!
Dawne S on Apr 4, 2021
Will grow in my area of VT.
Robert S on Feb 1, 2021
Comments from previous buyers. I grew Asian Pears at my last home and want to immediately plant them at my new home.
KAYLA D on Jan 6, 2021
We needed a cold-hardy pollinator for our other pear tree.
Hilary M on Sep 1, 2020
Sinfully delicious!!! Seem to be hardier than other Asian variety in my zone 7b area.
Marlene M on Aug 17, 2020
I have never tried an Asian pear and needed a pollinator for the Hosui Asian pear tree purchased with this.
David N on Aug 2, 2020
have Bartlett pear tree and like Asian pears.
David E on Jun 21, 2020
To pair with my Bartlett pear that I purchased a few years ago. I bought the Bartlett and a chojuro from you but the chojuro died.
Stephanie M on Jun 15, 2020
I hope , Stark Bro's send me good one , I will Oder again .
Huong H on Jun 9, 2020
Eric P on Jun 3, 2020
Peggy is my wife's name
Ron R on Aug 16, 2019
johnny g on Jun 19, 2019
Looking for firm, juicy, sweet addition to my expanding Asian Pear orchard
CRAIG M on Apr 30, 2019
good pear pollinator in my area.
Bill C on Apr 30, 2019
Have one and it is doing great
frank c on Apr 11, 2019
It was my zone and sounded wonderful.
Charlene Y on Apr 11, 2019
Stark recommended
Susan L on Apr 11, 2019
In memory of my Mom
Wayne L on Mar 9, 2019
Apple-like snacking with good storage.
Sandy B on Mar 6, 2019
not grainy and taste great, also not soft.
Tom on Mar 5, 2019
From the description, it appears to be a good variety for our orchard.
Lorene E on Jan 9, 2019
I personally love these asian pears - I hope they work at my new home!
Tracy M on Oct 23, 2018
Have 3 other Asian pears, this is new. Very hardy trees, disease resistant and small.
Kathryn H on Mar 27, 2017
Because I love Asian pears and this one sounds like a real winner!
THOMAS F on Oct 16, 2016
Have Bartlett trees now so though I would improve the mix ,had my first Asian pear this week and want to see how they grow .
David C on Oct 6, 2016
To pollinate another variety planted last year and because it is a cold hardy variety for my northern garden.
Katherine D on May 8, 2016
Apparently it is hardy for zone 4, where I live. I love Asian pears, very expensive at the store, so why not have my own???
moh l on May 6, 2016
My daughter has been trying to get me to try an asian pear since she was in the orient and they are just becoming available for zone 4
Carol M on Apr 5, 2016
We currently have about 300 trees of every king of fruit there is for Northern regions. Everyone has their favorites but the Asian pears are always at the top of the list.
Robert C. on Feb 20, 2016
If it is so good that he was willing to name it after his wife I felt it must truly be good!!!!
Dawne S on Apr 4, 2021
Comments from previous buyers. I grew Asian Pears at my last home and want to immediately plant them at my new home.
KAYLA D on Jan 6, 2021
Is the Peggy Asian Pear fire blight resistant?? How does it compare to the Moonglow pear fireblight resistance wise??
Hillbilly on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It has some resistance to fire blight, like its parent tree; however, if fire blight is a known issue in your area, then you may still need to prepare to control it to keep your trees in great shape.
How do you keep deer from destroying the trees?
Nick O on Apr 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We have several fruit trees including the "Peggy Asian Pear" - we also have
a huge deer population that frequent our property daily. We use post and
green fencing attached with plastic wire ties to thwart off the deer from eating our fruit. When installing - the fencing does not go all the way to the ground - we keep it off the ground
about 15 inches to allow us to mow around each tree and not catch the fencing with the mower. When we initially planted our trees we spaded up an area around the trees about 3 feet out from the trunk (6 foot diameter) - we also add mulch to keep the weeds and grass at bay. Be sure not to "Volcano mulch" - bad for the trunk. The green vinyl coated fencing blends into the landscape so it is rarely noticed.
Can I buy two of the Peggy Asian pear trees and will they pollinate one another?
Cindy K on Sep 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another Asian pear or Bartlett variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.

One species cannot pollinate another; for example, a plum cannot pollinate an apple, and a pear cannot pollinate a peach. A fruit tree that requires a pollinator needs a different variety of the same species that has a similar bloom time.
How long to bear fruit ?
michael f on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This takes approximately 4-6 years to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will the Colette pear tree pollinate with the peggy Asian pear?
Caitlin T on Jan 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Dear Caitlin,

That is my hope, but I don't know for sure. My Asian pear tree is still so small that it hasn't flowered yet. It is planted right next to my Collette pear for that reason though.

Customer Reviews

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Asian Peaars are my favorite fruit to grow. (Carefree and reliable here in PA.
I have been a Stark Brothers client for over 40 years and have to say that the Asian Pear is my favorite and all my friends love them too. Pears and apples are trees easy to grow here in PA (The late frosts don't seem to bother the apples and pears because of their later blooming) I purchased 2 recently for my son for his new home. When I saw this Peggy Asian pear I had to get one for myself. I have 8 Asian Pears now.
April 22, 2016
Peggy Asian Pear
I purchased a Peggy Asian Pear in 2016 along with a Bartlett Pear. The Bartlett is doing fine but the Peggy Asian Pear died after the first year. I contacted Stark Bros. and they replaced the Pear. I planted the new pair in the spring of 2017 but it died again after only one year. I have four other fruit trees planted in the same area and they are all doing fine.
May 2, 2018
over 5 years ago
Very healthy plant, quick producer
My Asian wife and kids crave Asian pears, wanted a giant Asian pear but needed a pollinator so Peggy was chosen when I got the Giant.

I could be because I have access to free compost through our city so use it heavily, but I Planted both last year, they grew well for one years growth, but this second year the growth has been amazing, I have never had such success with a tree. Seven pears set this year, I will be guarding them with a pellet gun from the squirrels and the kids so I get to try one. The new growth has been so fast and full, I will need to prune heavily this winter, and can't even imagine how many pears I will be getting after just two years of growth.
June 22, 2017
The best Asian pear you will ever eat!
The best Asian pear you will ever eat! Does wonderful in the PNW. Everyone who has had one has come back for more.
September 6, 2018
Pear tree
planted the tree and it's has leaves so waiting for the fruit It sure is healthy
May 9, 2017
over 5 years ago
Reasonable tree
Size was reasonable based on description but on the low end of scale. Tree has grown reasonably so far.
June 15, 2017
over 5 years ago