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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 September. Best pollinators: Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Note: Not a suitable pollinator for Bartlett pear trees.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Chill Hours 500 - 800
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest 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

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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is disease-resistant to fireblight
David B on Mar 3, 2021
I like it. A very delicious ???? pear ,
Leverne G on Feb 7, 2021
is disease-resistant to fireblight
David B on Mar 3, 2021
I heard it was a very sweet pear. And my grandkids would love it.
Peggy H on Feb 11, 2021
I like it. A very delicious ???? pear ,
Leverne G on Feb 7, 2021
Love the sweet taste
Donna H on Jan 24, 2021
I???m trying to grow more fruits that have multiple uses at my home for my family.
Nancy J on Sep 7, 2020
Remember how good it was at my Aunts house .
Linda W on Sep 6, 2020
This is your other dwarf
Gary S on Sep 2, 2020
because the are wonderful!
Cathy M on Sep 1, 2020
I bought every dwarf variety that was available.
David N on Aug 2, 2020
Lyman P on Jun 24, 2020
My father grew up with a Seckel pear tree in his childhood yard and had many fond memories eating its delicious fruit during his youth.
Laura G on Jun 20, 2020
Growers say this is one of the best Pears. It's also on sale.
Charles E on Jun 1, 2020
every back yard needs a seckel pear tree
Barbara D on May 28, 2020
Excellent variety to add to my collection
CATHERINE S on May 23, 2020
It is supposed to be an excellent pollinator for my existing Moonglow Pear tree and is more suitable for my climate and soil type over the Bartlett varieties
Angela G on May 18, 2020
Have other pears that will pollinate
ROBERT N on May 16, 2020
replacing a sugar pear that is about 25 + years old
charlotte B on May 13, 2020
Pollinator for moonglow
Diane P on May 11, 2020
I thought a mini pear would look good with my crab apples
Elizabeth Y on May 10, 2020
We really enjoy eating them.
Douglas S on Apr 29, 2020
Love this pear
CHARLES R on Apr 25, 2020
karmjit b on Apr 23, 2020
It looked like a good addition to a row of Espalier trees
Eric K on Apr 17, 2020
Love this type of Pear. My whole family just love these.Their crisp and sweet .
Pamela P on Apr 11, 2020
I love this pear
art on Apr 10, 2020
You did not have Moonglow
Cheryl E on Apr 1, 2020
Been looking for this for awhile
KENDRA B on Mar 31, 2020
adding variety to a food plot
Rick T on Mar 28, 2020
We bought some at an orchard last fall. Was great tasting.
Phil R on Mar 28, 2020
I liked them very much growing up as a kid in the 60's and can't find them in the store so I am going to grow them
Daniel B on Mar 7, 2020
I remember my dad showing me these "honey pears" from my grandmother's house 50-60 years ago. I hope my tree will be as productive as hers was.
Dixie Lee S on Mar 6, 2020
Pollinator & UAEX recommendation for NWA
RICKY D on Mar 5, 2020
I read that it is resistant to fireblight and is sweet.
Hilary S on Feb 27, 2020
Of the disease resistant varieties these two were my favorite. I do wish it would have been available in semi-dwarf or standard though.
RENEE K on Jan 23, 2020
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
I heard it was a very sweet pear. And my grandkids would love it.
Peggy H on Feb 11, 2021
Love the sweet taste
Donna H on Jan 24, 2021
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.
Will Seckel and Comice be good pollinators for one another?
Wendy G on Jan 27, 2020
Seckel Pear
Seckel Pear
Comice Pear
Comice Pear
BEST ANSWER: My pear trees will be one year old this spring (2020) so they are too young to produce fruit. I live in Nashville where fire blight is a problem for the family of fruit trees that pear trees belong to and pollination is not my concern but which varieties from those that I purchased survive fire blight. Moreover, since I purchased several other varieties besides these two, even after they produce fruit, I would not be able to tell which varieties cross-pollinate each other and which do not.
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.
My Seckel seems to bloom several weeks before my moon glow. Is that normal? Seckel is leafed out and blooming now, moo glow does not even have leafs yet or buds open yet.
Paul E on Mar 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is the opposite of what we experience. Our moon glow (which is a pollinating partner for one of our other Harrow pears) is first to bloom, with the Seckel coming a little later. However, we have also noted that subtle differences in where they are planted can make a big difference in timing. For example, we get snow drifting in some areas of the orchard, which slows down the bloom cycle for those trees. It just takes a while to melt that deeper snow--which keeps the soils cold. Obviously shaded areas make a difference, as does whether the planting area slopes to the north, which prevents direct sun exposure. Who knew there'd be this many variables? I'm not sure where you are located, we're still in snow. I usually prune a little late in the season (about now) to delay the bloom cycle so as to avoid the risk of losing the crop from late frosts. This means I have to pay extra attenion to insects (as it puts blooming later, and more into the spring bug cycle), but I do avoid frost damage. Next year, when the trees are a little bigger, I'm planning on grafting different types of pears onto the Seckel and Moon Glow (even just an even exchange) to test over the long haul whether placement is a deciding factor in bloom timing. The exchange will also give me protection against the loss of any one critical pollinating tree.
Hi I'm looking at buying dwarf apple and pear trees but I've read it's better to plant them in the spring than in the fall for my zone 5a (Cooperstown, NY) - any advice?
Aubergine on Oct 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I am fairly certain I have a Seckel pear tree and it has an abundance of fruit but we only have one tree. Is this common?
Terri on Jun 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If there is a pear near by it may be pollinated by wind, but the Seckel pear is not self pollinating so it would need a partner to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can a dwarf Seckel Pear Tree be planted in a 5 gallon pot (or larger). Basically.. Can it survive in a pot versus ground?
Olivia R on Jun 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
Can I use another seckel tree for pollinator?
Laurine on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another pear 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.
Is a kieffer pear compatible with a seckle pear?
Jeanie G on Mar 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't know, but they both ripen in mid-September & kieffer is a hybrid and self-pollinator, which are good qualities for compatibility. You can ask your area's oooperative extension for guidance
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.
Is this pear soft when harvested or is it hard?
Edward H on Oct 29, 2020
Which pear tree is a good pollinator for Bartlett trees?
Lainie on Apr 18, 2020

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
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 5 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 4 years ago
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 5 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
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
over 2 years 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 4 years ago
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
Doing beautifully!
My Seckel Pear is doing wonderfully in zone 5, Finger Lakes, NY. It is showing the same vigor as last year when it was planted in April. It is a workhorse and constantly shoots out long new branches every which way.
This 3 foot tree outperforms his two "siblings" by far: an 8 foot Parker pear and a 9 foot Summercrisp pear.
My Dad fondly remembers eating seckel pears as a child and I can't wait till I can hand him one.
May 11, 2019
over 3 years ago
It seems to be doing great! Right on growth target!
May 17, 2017
over 4 years ago