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Stark® Honeysweet Pear

Available Spring 2018

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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.


Bloom Color White
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.

Recommended Pollinators

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. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It is a dwarf self pollinator.
Julia P on Oct 7, 2016
Self Pollinating
Kim E on Jun 14, 2016
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
I have Bosc tree now and this looked Compatable and Similar!
Mark I on Jul 9, 2016
Sweet fruits, I've tasted them!
Elizabeth A on May 24, 2016
How long after planting does honeysweet pear put on leaves?
Carl W 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 this honeysweet pollinate a bartlett?
Carroll on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, they will not. Bartlett is an early bloomer, and Honeysweet is a mid-season bloomer.
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.

Customer Reviews

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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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Pear Tree Outgrowing Expectations
The Honeysweet Pear tree has more than quadrupled in size this year.

Vigorous grower. Looking forward to fruit maybe next season.
June 25, 2017
1 year 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
1 year ago
Just love our tree's.
Our tree's are doing very well. The apple trees have a few apples this year. So excited.
May 14, 2017
1 year ago
Well packaged, hardy. Great Product
Trees came bare root as advertised. Well packaged with quick delivery. Trees budded and leafed out as would be expected. Winter hardy and growing well this second season. Had trouble with fire blight on some other trees. Does not seem to be an issue with this tree.
May 12, 2017
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
Love the Honeysweet.
Unfortunately my Crimson Sweet Nectarine is dead. It did not arrive looking healthy. If possible I would Like a replacement and I would like to pay extra for an upgrade. My Honeysweet is doing great. New leaves and branches. I have recommended you company to family and friends and they have bought many trees, flowers and garden supplies.
May 3, 2017
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your nursery stock. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
May 10, 2017
Brenda HStaff
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
1 year ago
I cannot believe the growth! Great trees, now to wait for fruit????
May 12, 2017
1 year ago
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