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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
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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
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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
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'

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
Cause they are good and deeelicious!!!!
Melissa P on Nov 25, 2018
I have loved these since I was a kid---soft, sweet, & succulent.
Robert H on Jan 31, 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
We ordered this pear because we heard it is a very sweet variety.
Mark C on May 6, 2018
Out of all the fruit trees I've grown, these are the sweetest & juiciest, by far.
tony r on Jan 30, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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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 3 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 2 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 3 years ago
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
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 2 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
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 3 years ago
It seems to be doing great! Right on growth target!
May 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
Nice little start
It's a leaf'n out just fine n dandy. Would buy again.
May 14, 2017
over 2 years ago
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 2 years ago