Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree

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Heirloom Quality Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree

  • Medium-Large Red Blushed Golden Fruit
  • Soft & Juicy Ivory-White Flesh
  • Ample Juice, Dessert, Cooking, Preserves & Great Fresh Eating Pear
  • Fragrant White Petalled Blooms
  • Pollinators Galore
  • Extremely Ornamental & 4-Season Interest
  • Handsome Glossy Green Foliage
  • Matures Early
  • Bartlett, Bosc & Seckel for Cross-Pollination
  • Red, Purple & Golden Fall Color
  • Disease Resistant
  • Antique Variety
  • 600-800 Chill Hours

Clapp's Favorite European Pear (Pyrus communis 'Clapp's Favorite') has been cultivated originally in Massachusetts since the 1860s and has been a favorite pear tree ever since! This lovely variety is one your grandfather and grandmother might have grown both because it is one of the finest pears straight from the tree, plus it is one of the earliest to take to market!

Large red oval fruit with hints of gold adorn your Clapp's Favorite European Pear tree come harvest time. The fruit is not only beautiful, but its soft, ivory-colored flesh is full of typical pear flavor and juice that overflows and runs down your chin with each bite.

You'll love the fragrant white flowers, highlighted with green and gold centers that will greet you during the spring bloom, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, to your garden.

This Pear variety is shapely and produces nice, glossy green foliage to enhance the beauty of your yard.

Hopefully, you've been watching your calories lately! Because once you order your Clapp's Favorite European Pear, you better be ready to eat! Bacon and pear salad, butterscotch pears, pear pancakes, along with dozens of other recipes are waiting for you and your Clapp's Favorite European Pears.

The handsome green foliage adds verdant presence all summer plus provides a fantastic backdrop for the rosy golden gems in mid-summer. The leaves then turn into a lovely red and purple autumn display to round out the 4 seasons of beauty this tree lends the landscape.

How to Use Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree In The Landscape

Smaller sized means Clapp’s is easier to tuck into existing landscapes and orchards of all sizes. Because it requires a pollinator, it makes planting two trees easier as well. No room for a second tree? Head over to our Garden Blog to learn about this high-density planting trick!

The gorgeous blooms and handsome foliage makes Clapp’s a fantastic ornamental flowering tree that also provides fruit! Swap out that one-trick pony of a flowering pear for a dual-purpose tree!

Great in hedgerows for privacy and screening, these modest-sized trees also provide pin-point shade over your seating areas, patio and garden beds.

Besides eating Clapp's Favorite European Pears straight from the tree, try it roasted or poached, in cobblers, crisps or pies, canned or dried! But you better be ready to use your crop quickly because this variety does not like to sit for long.

So you will be able to enjoy the blooms in the spring, the fruit in the summer, and canned and dried pears the rest of the year. Winter brings impressive branching structure, especially when dusted in a layer of snow!

#ProPlantTips For Care

The Clapp's Favorite European Pear is both strong and vigorous and will give you a good crop year after year!

Clapp's loves full sun above and well-drained soil, enriched with fertile loam. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.

This variety has average water needs, so keep it damp but not wet. Provide ample water for your young tree while it becomes established, not allowing it to dry out between waterings.

Situate in an area that is protected from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior. Head over to our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Planting, Fruit Tree Pruning and Fruit Tree Care tips and tricks can be found!

For a multi-purpose and beautiful ornamental tree and the juiciest fruit you can imagine, try the Clapp’s Favorite European Pear Tree at! Order yours today before they’re gone.

Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Clapp's Favorite European Pear Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems, and will often set fruit in their second or third years.

How Fast Do Clapp's Favorite European Pear Trees Grow?

Pear trees are moderate growth rate plants and can add 12-18 inches and more per year in optimal conditions once they have established.

Where do Clapp's Favorite European Pear Trees Grow Best?

Pear trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more.

Do You Need 2 Pear Trees to Produce Fruit?

All Pyrus varieties have different requirements to set fruit. While a few varieties are self-fertile but will always have a larger harvest with a pollination partner. Clapp's Favorite European (Pyrus communis 'Clapp's Favorite') is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Clapp's Favorite European Pear Trees be Planted?

Bareroot Pear trees are best planted in the spring but container-grown Pear trees can be successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season as long as the ground isn’t frozen and they are carefully watered as needed. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

Harvest Times for Clapp's Favorite European Pears

Clapp's Favorite European pears are typically ready to harvest in late August, aarly September.

How Do I Find Clapp's Favorite European Pear Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for Pear trees at online fruit tree nursery. You’ll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely Pear tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pyrus communis 'Clapp's Favorite'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Average Moisture
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Red, Purple
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes