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Starking® Hardy Giant™ Asian Pear

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Bears large pears! This easy-to-grow tree produces an irresistibly sweet, crisp and juicy fruit. Fruit weighs approximately 12 to 15 ounces! Stores up to nine months in proper refrigeration. Resistant to pear leaf spot. Cold-hardy. Originates from Korea in 1969. Ripens in mid September. Pollinator required: Choose another pear variety, like Hosui, New Century, or Bartlett.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Large
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 Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 6 - 7' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

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
Ate some of these last year and loved them. Also Asian pear is a good variety for our area.
Jacob S on Mar 19, 2017
I chose this variety because i wanted to try a Dwarf pear tree. Reviews seem very good so I am giving these a try.
Dawn G on Feb 2, 2017
Ate some of these last year and loved them. Also Asian pear is a good variety for our area.
Jacob S on Mar 19, 2017
Love Asian pears. Had some at a previous house--this one is hardy to zone 4. These pears suffer from no pest problems.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I chose this variety because i wanted to try a Dwarf pear tree. Reviews seem very good so I am giving these a try.
Dawn G on Feb 2, 2017
I like the big size of fruit, sweet & cruncy!
TANAWAT S on Nov 4, 2016
Have Bartlett trees now and wanted a better mix (one is for the guy who got me started in this world of fruit trees ).
David C on Oct 6, 2016
Crispy, juicy, sweet, huge, enough to share with a friend in one pear. A specialty fruit at the store, and priced accordingly, so worth the space in the orchard.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
my boss says I love Asian pears
Tai T on Apr 16, 2016
I have this tree for 10 years and Iove this pear
Leon W H on Apr 10, 2016
Sweet and crisp and hardy for Minnesota.
Radhika P on Apr 2, 2016
We have eaten them and like them
LOUIS S on Mar 16, 2016
Best in our area
Shan C on Mar 16, 2016
Love Asian pears. Had some at a previous house--this one is hardy to zone 4. These pears suffer from no pest problems.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I like the big size of fruit, sweet & cruncy!
TANAWAT S on Nov 4, 2016
Was wondering if you need to stake the tree?
Dawn G on Feb 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have 7 Asian pears trees, and two of them are hardy giant Asian pears. this is one of favorite Asian pears, they are large and have a great taste.

I did not state any of my Asian pears, however there were times after the winter snow, heavy spring rain and heavy winds some of my fruit trees leaned/tilted due to the loose water logged ground/soil...

so then I took 1/2 inch steel conduit; pounded into the ground approximately 1-3 feet away from the trunk and then used a rubber truck strap and wrapped it around the trunk and then secured it onto the steel conduit to strengthen the tree.

then very gently I walked on the side of the conduit from the trunk and then to the conduit to slightly/softly compact the soil a little bit, which seem to help keep the tree straight upward.

tip:-always prune this tree every year as suggestive via stark brother recommendations because the giant Asian pear fruit is large, and very heavy, and will crack the fruit limbs if there is to much weight from to many fruit on the limb.

also make sure you allow 1 flower per cluster, with a distance of 6-8 inches apart from another flower as not to bear to much weight on the fruit tree limb. some people leave 2 flower per cluster, and once the flower establishes fruit, then they will remove the smaller growing fruit.

you will enjoy this giant Asian pear for many years to come, it is one of most favorite fruits.
We live in Jacksonville, FL. Zone 9a. It's so close to zone 8. Should I get this tree? I've been wanting it forever.
Lan N on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's tricky, because you live near the water, where the temperature is more moderate and there is likely to be more of a breeze. That kind of microclimate could accommodate this tree, but you would be taking a risk that it wouldn't survive. You can try it; we have a one-year replacement guarantee in the event that it doesn't make it.
What are chilling requirements of Starking giant Asian pears?
Rick S on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The chill hours required for this Asian pear are 400-500.
Will the Starking Hardy Asian Pear and the Bartlett Pear pollinate each other or will I need a third tree?
chris c on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will not need a third tree; Starking?? Hardy Giant and Bartlett will cross-pollinate.
is the starking hardy giant asian pear resistent to fire blight?
chris c on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This variety has an excellent resistance to fire blight.

Customer Reviews

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Loved the few pears, but mostly tree grown.
The first year I had 3 pears and the second I had 7 pears while the tree grew three feet taller even with pruning, but afraid to prune too hard. The flavor and color of the pears was great and the size was larger than the two other varieties, but not that much larger.
March 6, 2016
1 year ago
review of the starking hardy giant asian pear.
I have seven (7), Asian pear trees; and the hardy giant Asian pear is on of my favorites. large, crisp, sweet tasting, is why the overall rating is 5 stars. all my fruit trees are dwarf, and I try to keep them at an height of approximately 7-8 feet tall so they are easy to maintain without using a latter per say. this hardy giant Asian pear is not self pollinating, so you will need another Asian pear tree to do this... it is best to consult with stark brothers personal to get the correct/right Asian pear tree for this.

remember to allow just one blossom from the cluster to develop, because of the weight of the fruit may break the branch it is on. don't worry, if you do this, you will still have plenty of giant Asian pears to enjoy...
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
nice tree
Deer ate so many tips of my Asian pear tree and it still alive. growing taller this spring, hopefully continue to grow to height that deer can't reach.. a few fruiting spurs.. next year will fruit . can't wait to have maybe at least 1 (or whatever left from the deer)
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Hardy Giant Asian pear
I bough the Hartdy Giant Asian Pear tree for my orachard in WV the Fruit is big, jucyie and sweet, the tree is low maintenance. I highly recommend
June 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
Asian pear
It is a wonderful tree...It is a wonderful Pear...I purchased one about 10 years ago....It is everything they say it is....I had to cut it down 2 years ago because of building construction...I knew I had to have another one...This time I planted it in a better place...I even purchased one for my brother so we could share....
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Starking Hardy Giant Asian Pear
The Asian pear which I planted in the fall of 2014 is doing well. In it's first year the new leaves were attacked by aphids, but when that was taken care of the growth was normal. No blossoms this year.
May 6, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great tree
The tree arrived and appeared scrawny butt has been healthy and growing beautifully. No sign of disease. We had flowering the first spring but I kept the fruit pinched off to encourage further growth. I am very happy with my purchase.
May 18, 2016
over 2 years ago
Doing good.
Made it thru the winter and spring. Not a huge amount of growth but crisp healthy leaves!
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
New to growing fruit trees, but this one is a winner!
My tree is 3 years old and this fall it produced the most delicious pasta ever. Sweet and juicy, I was eating one every day. Really good in salads. Most definitely recommend to anyone.
November 7, 2016
1 year ago
Very tasty
This is my favorite of all the trees in my backyard orchard. They are so juicy and tasty.
May 14, 2016
1 year ago
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