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Bartlett Pear: Pyrus communis “Bartlett” (European Pear)

Bartlett pears

Bartlett pears

Bartlett pears

Bartlett pears

This is a longtime favorite pear. In late summer, pears are ready for harvest. Bartlett pears are juicy, sweet, and tender—perfect for eating, canning, and preserves. If stored properly, Bartlett pears will keep for up to three months. The Bartlett needs a pollination buddy with the same bloom period; Moonglow, Anjou, and Orient are good choices.


  • Hardiness zones 5 to 8
  • Grows 10 to 15 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide as a dwarf variety
  • Standard tree grows 18 to 20 feet tall and 12 to 13 feet wide
  • Ranked No. 1 pear worldwide
  • Good for eating, canning, preserves
  • Common names: Pear “Bartlett,” Bartlett Pear, Pyrus “Bartlett,” Pyrus communis “Williams’ Bon Chretien,” Pear “Williams’ Bon Chretien,” Williams’ Bon Chretien Pear, Pyrus “Williams’ Bon Chretien,” European Pear, Common Pear, Wild Pear, Choke Pear

Have you tried growing Bartlett pears? How do you use them? Please tell us your experiences growing Bartlett pears.


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