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Stark® Honeysweet Pear

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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. Ripens 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
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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.

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: Yes, those two trees will pollinate each other.
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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Its thriving
Growing well, no blossoms so far in the second year.
May 7, 2016
1 year ago
Pretty Tree
This is a very pretty fruit tree. Very cool looking leaves. I have had this tree for two years and it looks like this year it is going to produce a few pears. Hopefully in future seasons it produces more fruit.
August 19, 2016
1 year ago
only 1 year old
It's only been in the ground since last spring right now it is covered with netting we are having our 17-year cicada attack right now
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
Honeysweet Pear
The two Honeysweet Pear trees we purchases from Stark Bros. are doing well. Very bushy and healthy. This spring was their one year birthday of being planted at our farm so no pears but we weren't really expecting that yet.

Jackie M.
June 5, 2016
1 year ago
Love this tree
Came with a thick trunk and has adapted to my soil conditions very well.
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Honeysweet Pear
I planted this Pear tree in a pot for it's first year so it would be a bit bigger and hardy as in it's final spot I won't be able to care for it as well as I would like due to the distance. Tree did well in large pot in ground it's first year and now is doing well replanted in the ground. Nice grower.
August 5, 2016
1 year ago
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