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Starking® Delicious™ Pear

Available This Fall

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Our best pear! Enjoy abundant crops of large, Bartlett-style pears that are smooth, sweet and juicy. Fruit keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can savor it later. A favorite of our canning customers. Tree is disease-resistant to fireblight and a strong pollinator for most other pears. Originates from Ohio, discovered in 1930 and introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1953. Harvest in early September. Best pollinators: Bartlett, Sunrise, or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
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 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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Fresh eating and juice making
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
This pear pairs well with the Bartlett.
Charles A on Mar 11, 2016
Fresh eating and juice making
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Fireblight resistant
WILLIAM M on Jan 6, 2017
This pear pairs well with the Bartlett.
Charles A on Mar 11, 2016
Chosen as your best pick
Brenda H on Mar 6, 2016
I chose this variety for it's fire blight resistance.
Matt O on Feb 25, 2016
when i was a child my father had this tree in our yard and might i add i am now 53 and this tree is still there it doesnt produce like it once did but not bad for a tree over 60 years old. this new tree is being planted for my granddaughter eve
ANTHONY S on Feb 20, 2016
Fireblight resistant
WILLIAM M on Jan 6, 2017
Chosen as your best pick
Brenda H on Mar 6, 2016
Will item #8972 Starking Delicious Dwarf Pear tree be available in 2017? And can I be notified when available?
Jack S on Jun 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's available right now, in every size:://
Is Seckel self pollinates? Can we have Staking Delecious along with Seckel?
Alags N on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Seckel is not self-pollinating, and Starking?? Delicious will serve as a pollinator. They have similar bloom times. Bartlett is also a good pollinator.
I saw that this variety should help pollinate my Bosc - but will the Bosc help pollinate this variety?
WENDY K on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have similar bloom times.
If I purchase the Starking pear tree now, can I buy a pollinator to go with it now?
Linda M on Aug 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. We can't think of any reason why you couldn't. Colette Everbearing is the pollinating tree we recommend.

Customer Reviews

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Best pear ever!
This pear really is as delicious as its name proclaims!!!! It is a smaller tree, as pears go, but is loaded with fruit and easy to pick. It swems resistant to fireblight, which has been problamatic for some ifomyother pears. I planted a second one after the tree produced and I tasted the pears. Highly recommend you plant one in your yard. .Mary
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Its growing like a weed on clay soil PH 6.8. Sofar so good
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
This variety is very vigorous in south central Missouri clay. Be sure to dig very large hole with peat or other similar amendment at planting time. VERY upright growing requiring yearly pruning to keep tree under control. Some susceptibility to fire blight (infection seems to be related to planting site - don't plant in low areas). Rumor that this is Stark's version of the classical Harrow delight (unconfirmed). Fruit is beautiful and delicious. Children much prefer it over any apple variety! Extremely predated by everything...deer, coons, etc. Never had to spray for insects or disease (when fire blight or blossom blight hits, quickly prune out infected wood). Overall does above average surviving Missouri humidity and periodic droughty conditions. No problem with -20deg F winters (except rabbits eating bark when less than 5 years old - always protect trunk from rabbits).
February 23, 2017
Had to have another
The City expanded the road in front of my old house & took the Delicious Pear that I had since about 1986. When my new house was done, I just had to plant a new Delicious Pear. The pears were always abundant, large, & very sweet when they ripened. I canned many & used the juice to make pear wine.
May 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Superb Variety
Comparing the Starking to the other variety of pear tree I purchased was an interesting experiment. The Starking Delicious Pear is the most expensive of their varieties, and it is well worth it. At the end of the summer it was several inches taller and quite a bit fuller than the other tree. It arrived perfectly pruned and packed to stay moist. It took off quickly this Spring, and we are eager to see how much and lush it will grow over the Summer. Excellent purchase!
May 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Very nice
The trees are coming a long great. Very hearty have survived two Pennsylvania winters
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Fabulous and really productive
We planted our Starking Delicious over 20 years ago. It has been a wonderful producer of wonderful, awesome pears. They're so juicy and tasty. Can't say enough things about them. The tree is strong, takes the Kansas heat, and produces in wet and dry years (so long as we don't have a very late frost, and that's not the tree's fault).
June 3, 2017
Starklling Pear
Not doing very leaves on the leader branch, but doesn't seem to be branching out. Disappointed, but doing slightly better than the peach trees
August 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Love this tree
This tree is the largest and most vigorous grower of my 12. We also have a Bartlett and this has out-paced that by a significant amount (the Bartlett is doing fine, it is smaller). Tons of foliage and limbs. This will be it's third spring with us and I'm excited to see how it does. We are in North-central PA and it survived our horrid winters and super dry summer last year with no issues.
May 10, 2017
Honest Truth
This was planted as soon as it was shipped to me pre spring and already it has taken off, strong vibrant tree a welcome addition to my garden and orchard. I will keep you posted right now I see nothing but consistent new growth.
May 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
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