Bartlett Pear Tree
Begins shipping mid-April.
Pollinator required to bear fruit
Pollinator required to bear fruit
The most popular pear variety in the world.
The Bartlett pear (also known in areas of Europe as the Williams pear) is the most popular pear variety in the world. It is a European strain, as opposed to an oriental hybrid or an Asian pear. Bartletts are commonly eaten fresh and used in cooking and canning. The easy-to-grow tree is vigorous and grows quickly, producing a harvest in just 4-6 years.
Bartlett pear trees were imported to the U. S. in the 1790s and grown here by Enoch Bartlett, a fruit farmer in Massachusetts. His name became attached to the famous pear from that time forward. Now the pears are commercially grown in the Pacific Northwest and in California.
In mid- to early spring, the tree displays billows of white blossoms. As the pears form and mature, their color slowly changes from bright green to a light gold-yellow when the fruit is ripe.
Using Bartlett Pears
Bartlett pears are favored for their sweet taste and fragrance. They are also lovely to look at, with the classic pear shape, and hints of red behind the deep yellow skin. Pair the fresh fruit with cheese and wine for a tantalizing appetizer or with meats and sausages for a charcuterie.
These pears are also preferred for canning because of the ability of the fruit to hold its shape and retain its sweet flavor. Chefs and home cooks enjoy the firm quality of the pear, using it for baking desserts, such as crisps and pies. It is a valuable addition to savory dishes, including stuffings and roasted meats. Bartletts are a staple in many home pantries—they can be frozen, canned or dried so you can preserve your pear crop and enjoy it all through the winter months.
Pears are a good source of fiber and are rich in copper and vitamins C and K.
Growing the Bartlett Pear Tree
Bartlett pear trees require full sun and well-drained soil. The tree also needs enough chill hours below 45º (at least 800) to bear fruit. See below for more soil characteristics and USDA hardiness zones.
The tree requires a pollinating partner. Choose Blake’s Pride, Starking® Delicious™, Moonglow, Beurre Bosc or Stark® Honeysweet.
Plant a Bartlett pear tree so you can pick and enjoy your own fresh, homegrown fruit, as well as preserve your bountiful harvest!
Note: Bartlett is not a suitable pollinator for Seckel pear trees.
|Soil pH Level||6-7|
|Soil Moisture||Well Drained|
|Shade Level||Full Sun|
|Years to Bear||4-6|
|Hardiness Zone Range||5-8|
Size & Spacing
This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.
Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.
Recommended Pollinator: Blake’s Pride
How do I find my Hardiness Zone?
Canada’s Plant Hardiness Zones will tell you which plants will do well in your particular climate. Each zone is determined by the lowest average winter temperature recorded in a given area. Hardiness Zone information is included on all tree and plant product pages, so you know instantly whether a certain plant is likely to succeed where you live. Natural Resources Canada provides helpful options to find your zone:
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Michael Kavanagh –
No pears yet, but it’s almost the height of a 1.5 story house in just a few years. Just starting to get flowers in spring. (Growing in zone 4b, sandy soil with occasional added compost.)
Anna Davis –
Excellent pear tree! When my other big box store pear trees got fire blight this tree was never bothered!
Jonathan Elizondo –
Tree arrived Beirut healthy and beautiful and I planted the very first day they got here. We have been getting a lot of rain so I hope everything goes well.
Amber Oldham –
Very pleased. Purchased a supreme Bartlett Pear. Received it quickly. Packaged well. Very big and was perfectly straight. What pleased me the most was that it started growing branches and leaves after 3 days of being in the ground! I look forward to watching this beauty grow up. Looks like a vigorous tree.
Ron Ron –
Growing well. It had two tasty pears last year. It is certainly doing better than the Asian pear I bought at the same time.
Deanna Leittl –
I knew I was getting mostly a trunk , bareroot, and a couple of small branches for the price. When I got it I put it in water and then in a mixture of miracle grow garden soil and soil from my garden. After less than one month it has leafed out and has numerous branches forming. I am happy. Wish I could show a picture.
Amanda Foreman –
I bought two of these beautiful Bartlett pears ! They came quickly and beautifully ! Got them both planted and one never came out of dormancy! So I contacted stark and they rushed me one that was coming out of dormancy! I’m a very proud customer and will continue ordering ! Fantastic customer service and beautiful trees ! Thank you stark!
Arun Iyer –
Received the plants on scheduled as noted on the site. Roots were moist and maintained well. I had to wait a week after receiving to plant. Utilities had to mark lines and they were delayed. I am amazed at how well this pear tree has kept so far. Survived the unpacking, waiting in garage and now planting. Starting to see leaf growth 3-5 days after planting. I am hoping it will survive.Stark Bro’s did exactly what they said they will – communicated well, shipped on time, received on time, answered query after receiving promptly. Highly recommend them. Will have to wait and see how the pear comes up!
Olena Jurak –
I planted Bartlett and Moonglow for pollination. Both trees were easy start standard trees. Moonglow did not survive the winter, Bartlett is growing well and sprouting leaves. I use tre prep in the spring.
AMY MARRERO –
We have purchased and had success with many bare root fruit trees from Stark Bros, but sadly this one did not survive. Stark Bros credited us for the loss, so better luck next time!