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Bartlett Pear

Hardiness Zones: 5 - 7
Average shipping height: 3' - 4'
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  • Bare Root
    Member Price $19.99
    Reg. Price $24.99
  • Potted - 1 Gallon Container
    Member Price $39.99
    Reg. Price $49.99
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    Member Price $89.99
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Known as America's favorite pear, the Bartlett variety actually came from Europe. It functions as the standard by which all other pears are measured and is a favorite for fresh eating, canning, and preserves. The Bartlett pear is easy to grow and will reward its owner with beautiful blossoms in the spring, large and luscious fruit in late summer, and a continuous crop for as much as 100 years.

  • Produces large, yellow fruit with a smooth and juicy white flesh in late August or early September --- ideal for eating, canning and preserves
  • Blooms just before the leaves appear in the spring, with showy white flowers
  • Requires cross-pollination with Orient or another European pear variety (excluding Kieffer)
  • Will be delivered at a height of 3'--4'

Spacing Guide for Fruit Trees

The Bartlett Pear Grows in zones 5 - 7

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Scientific Name

Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett’

Mature Height

12' - 20'

Mature Spread

10' - 20'

Shipping Height

3' - 4'

Sun Preference

Full Sun

Soil Preference

Acidic, Moist, Well Drained

Wildlife Value

The fruit of pear trees are attractive to birds and squirrels.


With the tree’s name, you might assume it was discovered by a man named Bartlett. But story is not nearly so simple. The variety was actually discovered growing wild in England by John Stair sometime around 1770. He sold some cuttings from his discovery to a nurseryman by the name of Williams, who commercialized the tree and named it after himself. So the Williams pear was born (and many Europeans still know it by this name).

When the variety was brought to America in the late 1790s, it lost its European identity. The first import was planted on a property in Massachusetts that was thereafter acquired by Enoch Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett enjoyed the pears but was unaware of the tree’s European name. According to Pears of New York (1921), Bartlett “allowed the pear to go out under his own (name).” The American Pomological Society added the Bartlett pear to its list of fruits in 1848, leaving Mr. Stair forever forgotten.

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