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Pears are among the easiest and most attractive fruit trees for the home landscape. Lovely even in winter, pears are easy to prune and can be trained into a formal or informal appearance. For small landscapes and easy harvest, choose a dwarf cultivar.

These productive trees yield bushels of succulent fruits. Many pears need a pollinizer. Use any other pear. Be sure to select a self-fruitful type if you have space for only one tree.

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  • Pyrus communis
  • Sun
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  • 8 to 20 feet
  • 20 feet or more
  • 8-25 feet
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  • 4
  • 5
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  • 8
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  • Most fruits are picked when they are ripe or nearly so. Pears are the exception. A tree-ripened pear breaks down, turning soft and brown at the core. Harvest pears when they have reached full size but are still green and firm. Store them in a cool, dark place.

More varieties for Pear

'Bartlett' pear

Pyrus communis 'Bartlett' is a popular pear that produces large yellow fruits with smooth, juicy white flesh. Zones 5-7

'Bosc' pear

Pyrus communis 'Bosc' produces fruits with a unique sweet-spice flavor and brown skin. These firm fruits have a long neck and a full rounded base. Zones 5-8

'Hosui' Asian pear

Pyrus communis 'Hosui' produces a round pear with a snappy tang for its taste. The blight-resistant tree is self-pollinating. Zones 5-9

'Kieffer' pear

Pyrus communis 'Kieffer' is an Oriental pear that produces oval fruits with yellow-green skin splashed with red when ripe. The white flesh is crisp and juicy with a coarse texture. Zones 4-9

'Seckel' pear

Pyrus communis 'Seckel' produces small fruits early in the season with an intense sweet flavor. The fruits store well, and the trees are resistant to fire blight. Zones 4-8

'Shinko' Asian pear

Pyrus communis 'Shinko' is an excellent producer, bearing medium to large fruits with golden-brown skin and creamy flesh that is sweet and juicy. Zones 4-9

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