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Also called sugar pear, candy pear

Small dessert pears that are super-sweet with a hint of spice. Often used in cooking and canning, but also enjoyed fresh. Tree is disease-resistant to fireblight. Originates around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Harvest in mid-September. Best pollinators: Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Note: Not a suitable pollinator for Bartlett pear trees.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine Grained
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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 7' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


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
Neighbor had it and blight resistant
MARIA G on Oct 23, 2019
super sweet
Juan J on Sep 2, 2019
Neighbor had it and blight resistant
MARIA G on Oct 23, 2019
They are delicious and unusual. It was the only pear available on your site.
Lisa B on Oct 17, 2019
super sweet
Juan J on Sep 2, 2019
Fire blight resistant
Angela B on Jun 24, 2019
Fireblight resistant
melissa m on Jun 16, 2019
Always wanted one, and it was a dwarf.
Peggy D on Jun 13, 2019
We have an old seckel pear tree and this has become my favorite pear. It is a hard to find tree
Kim B on Jun 8, 2019
Had them in my back yard as a kid. Great for snacks. Keeps well
John G on May 28, 2019
Flavor, disease resistance, size
Melissa B on May 19, 2019
Best pear for back yard, we have had one for twenty years and the fruit is fantastic!
Ken on May 15, 2019
I had this pear at a childhood home. Pleasant memories of the beautiful blooms and the petals raining down . The fruit was so sweet even green very sweet . and the fruit was just the right size for small hands. Yes the nicest memories of that tree.
O Z on May 5, 2019
try something new that will also pollinate my anjou
joshua n on Apr 18, 2019
I am a home grower and I need a disease resistant tree.
Clara T on Mar 16, 2019
Had one at the old place gonna put it in new place.
Randall H on Mar 9, 2019
Fireblight Resistance, recommended for this area by Oklahoma State University
James H on Feb 24, 2019
Grew up eating these, and want a nice eating pear for my children to enjoy.
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
Love this pear. Very juicy and sweet.
Deborah W on Feb 7, 2019
We had strait-line winds up to 90 mph last year (not normal for us) and our Seckel Pears were ripped out of the ground, roots and all, along with other fruit trees. Although we re-planted all of the trees this happened to, only our Seckel Pears had a part of them survive. Don't plan on canning these, they're too small, but there's no better fresh eating pear and I juice them so we have pear juice in the winter. My grandchildren call them the best eating EVER!
Audree N on Feb 4, 2019
My favorite pear.
DREW M on Dec 25, 2018
Cause they are good and deeelicious!!!!
Melissa P on Nov 25, 2018
We ordered this pear because we heard it is a very sweet variety.
Mark C on May 6, 2018
I have loved these since I was a kid---soft, sweet, & succulent.
Robert H on Jan 31, 2018
Out of all the fruit trees I've grown, these are the sweetest & juiciest, by far.
tony r on Jan 30, 2018
Best tasting pear in the world.
Richard H on Dec 31, 2017
A neighbor had this pear and I thought it was delicious
janice t on Oct 26, 2017
We're building a fence of trees between us and neighbors.
Corinth T on Mar 13, 2017
when i was a child there was two pear trees in the meadow, we called them sugar pears. They were sweet and delicious. I am hoping this is that pear.
Patty H on Feb 23, 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
Disease resistance
will T on Oct 11, 2016
Seckel pear pickles!! Very seldom show up in a store. Good eating also.
There is a nearby tree but it is very old, close to 100 yrs. Still has fruit every year.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
My grandparents had one on their farm when I was a child, and I loved them
Gary K on May 20, 2016
never had a pear tree wanted to start small
J D on May 20, 2016
This variety kept coming up suggested as one to have in the orchard, and we were given a gift of these for Christmas last year--delectable. Noted as a desert pear.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
Very Sweet Pear that makes great pear sauce.
Mark K on Apr 18, 2016
Blight resistant.
Angela S on Apr 17, 2016
I chose this pear tree because of its flavor reputation and its ease of pollination by the moonglow pear. I am willing to fight any disease/pest problems by prayer and organic techniques for the reputed flavor.
Jimmy B on Apr 9, 2016
Childhood favorite
Jennifer N on Mar 25, 2016
Easy to grow, hardy, and wonderful to eat.
Mary T on Mar 13, 2016
The tree and fruit are supposed to have really cool colors throughout the growing season.
Jesse S on Mar 13, 2016
Very sweet. Our old tree died and we love sharing these with friends.
RICHARD C on Mar 10, 2016
Have purchased this tree in the past from Starks . First fruit 2015 was very tasty pear very sweet my favorite one out of the 4 types I planted . Not very big pear but the name sugar pear suits it well it makes up in taste for the size . Very Happy with the quality of the trees I have planted.
JACKIE D on Mar 6, 2016
late season dessert pear, extends our pear season
Rudy M on Feb 17, 2016
They are delicious and unusual. It was the only pear available on your site.
Lisa B on Oct 17, 2019
Fire blight resistant
Angela B on Jun 24, 2019
If I plant a moonglow pear as a pollinator for my Sekel pear will the moonglow bear fruit, too? Or, does it need another pollinator??
Jan R on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They will serve to pollinate one another. Seckel is just about the only other variety that will.
Is seckel a reliable pollinator? I had read that seckel can be a poor pollinator for other trees.
Megan N on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That is correct. It is not pollen-sterile, but it does not pollinate well with all European pears, especially Bartlett and Anjou varieties/strains.
Two questions about Sekel peArs: would a Bosc tree be an adequate pollinator, and how long from planting until beating fruit?
richard f on Nov 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. A Seckel Pear and Bosc will cross pollinate. It takes approximately 4-6 years for a pear tree to be mature enough to produce fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does this pear get soft when ripe?
Tammy S on Aug 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All pears will eventually get soft if left to ripen long enough, but Seckel is generally considered to be a firmer pear that holds its shape well when cooked.
Would I get fruit without a pollinator?
Donna M on May 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unless a variety is self-pollinating, fruit trees need pollinators with a similar bloom time in order to produce fruit.
will a sunrise pear pollinate a seckel pear?
Jim S on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
Does this grow in Florida?
janine k on Dec 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, it's too warm in Florida. This pear requires a certain number of chill hours in order to complete the fruiting cycle.
I have rust colored spots on my Seckel Pear tree. None of my other fruit trees seem to have these spots. I understand that pear trees cannot be sprayed with the same sprays at many other fruit trees. Can you advise what I can use to treat the rust spots on this pear tree? Thanks.
GL Cape Cod on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's great that you're aware that some sprays are not ideal for pear trees. This, however, is listed for use on pears and will address a whole range of issues:
Will another Seckel pear tree also act as a pollinator? Our neighbor already has a seckel which bears well.
Brenda E on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, but you will need another European pear variety to pollinate Seckel. Anjous and Bartlett will also not pollinate Seckel ... we recommend Moonglow or Starking Delicious Pear as they have a similar bloom time to Seckel.
Will the Colette pollinate the Seckel?
Katie C on Jun 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, no. They bloom at different times and there's not enough overlap for pollinator to occur.

Customer Reviews

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Sweetest pear ever
It took 4 years for this tree to bear and he fruit was small adding to our disappointment. However, one taste of a ripened pear made us forget the shortcomings. We grow 9 varieties of pears, but this has become our favorite. Will order another for spring of 2018
October 4, 2017
Planted in heavy clay
The tree is planted in heavy clay with a little bit of soil amendment and it is doing very well in its second spring. All the pear trees I purchased grew much faster than I anticipated.
May 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
fire blight resistant
This tree is in it's 2nd year now. It has leafed out nicely, and has no fire blight despite the neighboring pear having serious fire blight issues this year.
May 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
Best experience with stark has been these trees
I've ordered a fair number of fruit trees from starkbros (maybe 50+) and I have to say, the seckels have consistently been larger diameter and really well performing the first few years compared to other trees. I'm not sure if it is the root stock used or if I've just gotten lucky with each order but of my newly planted fruit trees, the most established are the seckels.
April 13, 2017
over 3 years ago
Growing great
All the pear trees that I planted last year survived the winter and are super healthy!
People always ask me why do you order from stark nursery when you can just pick up a fruit tree at Lowe’s ! Dah it’s all about the roots
May 4, 2019
1 year ago
Pear, Apple and grape purchase
Absolutely love seckel pear, pippin apple, winter banana apple and grape. All thriving. Always well pleased with Stark Brothers. They've treated me good the last quarter of a century.
May 23, 2017
over 3 years ago
Beautiful healthy bareroot plant
Bought as bareroot. Plant arrived dormant. Followed planting directions that were included with it. Leafed out beautifully and doubled height in first year. Would definitely buy again.
February 16, 2017
I bought the Sekel along with 4 other varieties in 1994 from Stark Brothers. It was the first tree to produce at 4 years. And did it ever produce! The tree grew as straight as an arrow and the pears were exactly as described. Only problem was: the birds got at them first and I was lucky if I had 5 or 6 over the past 24 years. If I had to do it again, I think I’d try that inflated ball with the big eyes to ward off the birds and; of course I would NEVER buy any tree from anyone but Stark Brothers.
August 28, 2018
The tree along with the other that we had ordered was slow to leaf out and I was afraid that we had lost it for some reason. They finally decided to throw some green on. Seems to have slow growth compared to the plum trees I ordered but hopefully next year, the growth will come.
June 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Poor little Seckel is no more
My Seckel Pear floundered during the growing seasons and after a year and a half it developed fire blight and died quickly. I am now monitoring all my fruit trees for FB and staying on top of dormant oil spraying and pruning. The pears tend to have some issues but this little Seckel also got stressed from a terrible
severe drought we had last summer and gave up.
March 15, 2017
over 4 years ago