A tasty pear – just right for eating fresh or canning. This variety is smooth, creamy and as sweet as honey. Tree is moderately disease-resistant to fireblight. Introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1979. Harvest in early September. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops when pollinated with Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Chill Hours 1200 - 1500
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet As Honey
Texture Firm, Smooth
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
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'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best results.

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We only have room for one self dwarf tree and my family loves pears!
Elaina N on Apr 11, 2021
To pollinate the Bartlett
Laurie S on Apr 7, 2021
We only have room for one self dwarf tree and my family loves pears!
Elaina N on Apr 11, 2021
Self-pollinating reviews
John S on Apr 10, 2021
To pollinate the Bartlett
Laurie S on Apr 7, 2021
Recommended for pollination of Bartlett pears
Daniel P on Apr 6, 2021
As a pollinator for the Bartlett Pear
Julie P on Apr 2, 2021
I like them
Rick J on Mar 28, 2021
Self and cross pollution
Mitchell W on Mar 1, 2021
Fire blight resistant.
Mike W on Feb 19, 2021
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
To pollinate my Seckel.
Dennis K on Dec 10, 2020
My wife loves pears, this should grow good in my zone, and best of all it's self pollinating!
Adam F on Aug 28, 2020
I bought every variety that was available.
David N on Aug 2, 2020
Replacement from 2 years ago.
Erna A on Jul 25, 2020
I needed to replace a pinon tree that died in my courtyard entry. I wanted a smaller tree that would also provide fruit. i wanted something that was available now and could adjust to my location.
Kate H on Jul 1, 2020
Interested in taste for my granddaughter
Oma on Nov 25, 2019
Love pears.
Karen D on Nov 1, 2019
Again, I love Bartlett and it is a dwarf tree
Susan H on Oct 13, 2019
Self pollinating
Angela B on Oct 1, 2019
self pollinating
Julie S on Jul 18, 2019
I'm hoping to have pears and Stark has been better than other companies
KATHLEEN H on Jun 7, 2019
Dwarf and self pollinating
Bailey M on Jun 7, 2019
Self pollinating. Like for canning and eating fresh. Hope the flavor is as good as advertised.
Laura K on May 13, 2019
I wanted a pear tree, but only had room for one.
Anne S on May 7, 2019
Suggested as a pollinator for bartlett pear.
Drew L on Apr 8, 2019
I was looking for a dwarf, self-polinating tree
Anna C on Mar 31, 2019
Pears grow well in my area
Kesha B on Mar 27, 2019
Dwarf and self polinating.
Scott M on Mar 23, 2019
Because my husband loves pears
Tracey P on Mar 13, 2019
Sounds like a good sweet pear and not tart.
Margie F on Mar 9, 2019
Self-pollinator, dwarf size tree with similar qualities to a Seckel pear tree, but with larger fruit size
Chris L on Mar 7, 2019
Great eating pear, naturally sweet.
Sandy B on Mar 6, 2019
Want to experiment with a pear tree without the need for multiple varieties for pollination.
Chris C on Jan 17, 2019
self pollinating
Deborah B on Jan 12, 2019
University of Tennessee study showed which variety was disease resistant and productive in my area
Katrina A on Jan 9, 2019
Self pollinating.
Fred A on Oct 20, 2018
Needed a pollinator partner for Moonglow pears
Denise E on Sep 19, 2018
For our zone and being a self pollinator. Also a little shorter time for bearing fruit.
Paula C on Aug 4, 2018
Self pollinating, tree size, fruit quality
PAMELA L on Jul 23, 2018
Self pollinating. Only had room in the yard for one pear tree
Wesley D on May 21, 2018
My husband dislikes "grit" in pears & this one's described as having virtually none.
Kathy C on Jan 17, 2018
It is a dwarf self pollinator.
Julia P on Oct 7, 2016
I have Bosc tree now and this looked Compatable and Similar!
Mark I on Jul 9, 2016
Self Pollinating
Kim E on Jun 14, 2016
Sweet fruits, I've tasted them!
Elizabeth A on May 24, 2016
It is sweet and has some disease resistance. I need a sweet pear for a pear liquor that I make for gifts. I ordered standard size because the demand is high for this gift!
Patricia H on May 15, 2016
Son wants pears
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Had good reviews, and my neighbor has one. Great for northern Kentucky.
PATRICK S on May 10, 2016
For shade and delicious fruit.
Alan M on Apr 18, 2016
Fire blight resistant, yellow, not red, and self-polinating.
Donna S on Apr 3, 2016
We have fire blight. Trying this one. Lost my others.
KATHY S on Mar 22, 2016
Self-pollinating reviews
John S on Apr 10, 2021
Recommended for pollination of Bartlett pears
Daniel P on Apr 6, 2021
How long after planting does honeysweet pear put on leaves?
galactifier on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: if you'll plant honeysweet with a bag of great soil mixed in like say miracle grow garden soil and water the heck out of it once a week it will leaf out within a couple weeks as soon as it gets warmer like june keep it damp but not drown it it'll shoot out like crazy, mine has doubled in size in one season doubled in height, but you've got to take good care of it. good luck and it'll be great eating soon.
Can it grow in partial shade?
David E on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine is doing well in less than full sun.
Will the stark honey sweet grow in sandy soil?
Jerry on Mar 4, 2018
I have heavy clay soil here in SW Ohio but I think if you add a lot of organic matter when you prepare to plant you'll be fine.
What's a good dwarf cross-pollinator for the Honeysweet pear?
James on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Honeysweet is self-pollinating, so it will develop fruit without having another variety blooming nearby, but Bartlett and/or Red Sensation are some additional examples of compatible pear varieties that can be used for cross-pollination.
I know it is self pollinating. Would it do well as a pollinator for a Bartlett pear tree?
Crystal P on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes this would pollinate the Bartlett as they both have Early to Mid bloom times.
What fruit trees are available for zone 10b?
Evette D on Aug 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
I want to order pear trees, the ones I have selected are in pots. My question is, if the ground is frozen to solid for planting can the trees winter in the pots?
Eola M on Nov 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you're ground is frozen you can keep the trees in the EZ Start pot until spring if you'd like. Just keep the roots protected by keeping them in an unheated garage or shed.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
My pear tree sprouts leaves then they turn black and die now the top of the plant is drying out and dying what can I do?
Waqas A on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That sounds very much like fire blight. Please follow the label directions exactly, and use this to save your tree:
What pear tree would be compatible with my zone 10A?
Magnum on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We're not aware of a pear variety that will grow that far south - sorry to disappoint. Pear trees need a certain number of chill hours so they can go dormant and complete the fruiting cycle. If they don't have a long enough period of cold, they won't produce any fruit.
Can I espalier a standard size pear tree?
CarrieJ on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You could, but it would be far easier to do with a dwarf or even a semi-dwarf. Our detailed article can be found here: // Our detailed article can be found here: //
will the honeysweet pear pollinate the anjou pear?
Kathryn E on Aug 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Honeysweet blooms a bit too early to pollinate Anjou.

Customer Reviews

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Second year
My honey sweet pear tree leafed out beuyifully the first week in the ground and grew like crazy ! So this year I cut it way back to let roots catch up with tree and to shape the tree and open middle up and let air and light in ! I had some blooms and the neighbors bees were all over it so I am hoping I will get to taste some honey sweet pears soon !!! Stay tuned update coming !
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Honey sweet
This pear tree arrived in November and was just a large stick with a small root ball. I had my doubts that it would survive our harsher than normal winter, but after coming out a bit late it now appears to be thriving.
May 30, 2017
over 4 years ago
SuperFast Grower
I always purchase Tre Pep to augment the feeding which is necessary to establish young fruit trees. The Honeysweet came to me a 4 foot stem and it grew 4foot last year. This year it has grown 18 more inches so far and it is only realy May of 2017. No flowers yet and really if it got any I would knock them off as I want all it's energy to grow a very good root system which it will need when the weather turns hot and dry which it will, just give it time.
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Still growing strong
As soon as I received this little tree, I went right to planting him as per the instructions. I'm happy to say, he's a robust youngster and growing vigorously; I'm so proud of him. We've named him Peary. I'm so happy he's a part of our yard and can't wait for him to make some fruit.
May 21, 2017
over 4 years ago
Always happy with Stark Bros. fruit trees
I purchased five fruit trees and planted them last spring. All are thriving, and I can't wait to harvest the first crop of fruit. Now, If I could get rid of my japanese beetle problems, it would be perfect!
May 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
Looking forward to seeing this tree succeed
My tree is now one year old and it is growing alright. It is very tall but not much outgrowth yet, which makes it unstable in even the lightest wind. It is growing at an average rate compared to the apple varieties that I planted at the same time. It arrives and looks like a stick, and one year later it actually resembles a small healthy tree. Customer service was also very helpful with resolving mistakes made in shipment.
May 24, 2017
over 4 years ago
The comeback kid
I received my honey sweet pear last year. The roots were lacking to be honest, after planting it seemed to take its time to grow, that and the new growth was eaten up by Japanese beetles but it sprung back a little. This year it seems like a different tree it has already grown about a foot. Looks good and healthy, hopefully it just keeps on going, would recommend this tree for sure.......
May 25, 2017
over 4 years ago
This is the 2nd full year for my Honeysweet pear. It is growing very well, though didn't flower this spring. The tree looks very healthy and is growing beautifully. High hopes for first flowers next spring.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
I cannot believe the growth! Great trees, now to wait for fruit????
May 12, 2017
over 5 years ago
First spring after planting last year
This tree looks to be doing really well. It's the first spring so it made it through a Buffalo winter. It's loaded with leaves but no flower buds as of yet. Will try to continue with it's progress as time goes on by updating further reviews
May 12, 2017
over 5 years ago