Seckel Pear Tree

(23 customer reviews)

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Pollinator required to bear fruit

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Pollinator required to bear fruit

The most elegant dessert pear in the world.

Also called Sugar Pear, Candy Pear. Seckel pears are renowned for their petite size and fruit that is jam-packed with candy-sweet, subtly spicy flavor. They are wonderful fresh, but they really shine when poached or preserved. Resistant to fire blight. Originated near Philadelphia in the 1700s. Ripens in September. Pollinator required: Choose Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow.

Note: Seckel is not a suitable pollinator for Bartlett pear trees.


Bloom ColorWhite
Bloom TimeEarly-Mid
Fruit ColorBrown
Fruit SizeSmall
Soil CompositionLoamy
TextureFine Grained
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear4-6
Hardiness Zone Range5-8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Standard  5.5 – 6 m tall x 3.5 – 4 m wide (18 – 20′ tall x 12 – 13′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Standard 5.5 – 6 m (18 – 20′)

Ship Height

Standard, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Standard Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.
Supreme Standard EZ Start® Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m (3-4′) Tall with advanced root system in a 12.7×12.7×30.5 cm (5x5x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


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

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23 reviews for Seckel Pear Tree

  1. Marissa Bracken

    This is one of my favorite fruit trees. It’s grown quickly over two years and has a nice stalky base. It was not damaged at all during the 2020 wind storm in utah and should put on fruit next year

  2. Lyn Montgomery

    I was excited to find and plant a Seckel Pear tree. It has, so far, grown and established itself well. Recently we have had a 12 day drought and so required frequent watering to combat the 90° heat that is unusual for May/June. It dropped a few scorched leaves but seems to have come through it ok. Looking forward to my first fruit!!

  3. rex rivolo

    Bought two young trees grafted onto more mature roots – all looked good, but both did not survive the winter. Not sure these pears can make it in NY. Will try again

  4. Sharon Guzman

    I planted my pear tree last year when it arrived, this year it is doing well small but has a lot of leaves.

  5. Vicky Keith

    All the pear trees that I planted last year survived the winter and are super healthy! People always ask me why do you order from stark nursery when you can just pick up a fruit tree at Lowe’s ! Dah it’s all about the roots

  6. Johnny Howard

    I bought the Sekel along with 4 other varieties in 1994 from Stark Brothers. It was the first tree to produce at 4 years. And did it ever produce! The tree grew as straight as an arrow and the pears were exactly as described. Only problem was: the birds got at them first and I was lucky if I had 5 or 6 over the past 24 years. If I had to do it again, I think I’d try that inflated ball with the big eyes to ward off the birds and; of course I would NEVER buy any tree from anyone but Stark Brothers.

  7. Diana L Koenig

    Growing well after one and a half years, but hasn’t flowered yet. I have some different varieties (not Stark) that have not set fruit in 6 years. Pears are slow to mature, so I’m trying to be patient.

  8. Vincent Vincent

    Planted the 3 different pears I bought in spring. Two sprouted right away but the seckel pear just existed. I didn’t get to worried as the trunk looked green and flexible. After 2 1/2 months though I was a little concerned. Then we got 7 inches of rain over 5 days and when the rain stopped it started to sprout. It is now looking good. However the fig we bought took it on the chin during the storm. It died back then. But it is now res-sprouting from the root. So all is well.


    It took 4 years for this tree to bear and he fruit was small adding to our disappointment. However, one taste of a ripened pear made us forget the shortcomings. We grow 9 varieties of pears, but this has become our favorite. Will order another for spring of 2018

  10. Linda Arnold

    The tree along with the other that we had ordered was slow to leaf out and I was afraid that we had lost it for some reason. They finally decided to throw some green on. Seems to have slow growth compared to the plum trees I ordered but hopefully next year, the growth will come.

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