Late Summer. Seedling found in Aldermaston, England. Introduced to the U.S. in the late 1700s. Also known as Williams’ Bon Chrétien.
The most widely planted and well known of all pears, accounting for 75% of the U.S. commercial crop. Adaptable to many climates and soils.
Large greenish-yellow classic oblong obtuse-pyriform fruit; very good quality. Full reliable annual crops. Large vigorous easy-to-grow long-lived tree bears young. I used to think you couldn’t grow Bartlett in central Maine, but I’ve changed my mind. Now I recommend it as a good choice south of Bangor.
Susceptible to fireblight. Good pollinator for Asian Pears. Will not pollinate Seckel. Z4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart.