Bartlett Pear is the World's Favorite Pear
The Bartlett Pear tree is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree with ornamental features. Plant several in your back yard for a private orchard, or just one in front where the neighbors can share in the excitement of the coming harvest.
The Bartlett is an excellent choice whether you're an experienced gardener or trying something new. It's fast-growing so you won't have long to wait for a harvest. It also tends to be long-lived so you're unlikely to face the disappointment of losing a tree you've cared for and enjoyed.
If you live in an urban environment, that's ok too as the Bartlett adapts well to urban pollution. Bartlett's don't need to have other trees for cross pollination. You can have just one and still get high quality pears.
The Bartlett is a delightful fruit tree. It grows in an upright branching oval form that will create a charming silhouette for your landscape. Also known as "Williams" pear in Europe.
You won't believe your eyes when you see the flowers that emerge on your Bartlett in the spring. The clusters of tiny white blossoms will absolutely envelope your tree with their scented elegance.
If you stand close you'll likely hear your Bartlett hum with the enchanting song of the bees that come to harvest pollen and pollinate.
The low canopy of the Bartlett will seem to invite you to pause a moment and reach for a green-golden pear. It's so easy to harvest. The rounded bell-shaped, golden-green fruit will dangle well within your reach, tempting you to taste its juicy sweet flavor.
The Bartlett pear is a beautiful tree with exceptional fruit. The fruit keeps well in storage, and is prized for use in preserves, tarts and other dishes. Of course, it also tastes great right off the tree! The Bartlett is an outstanding choice for a lovely tree that also provides an ample harvest.
- Delicious Fruit
- Fast Growing Small Tree
- Long lived
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
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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.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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Twisting, Turning Story of a Beloved Pear Variety
The Bartlett Pear is worldwide and one of the most popular pears grown. But did you know that you can only purchase the Bartlett Pear in the United States and Canada?
It seems that the origin of the Bartlett, by some accounts, could date back as far as the late 1400's. In the pedigree of names associated with the Bartlett, "Bon Chretien" (Good Christian) is named first. It is associated with a Holy-man, Francis of Paola, who gave seeds of a pear variety to King Louis XI.
Some undefined lineage traces this offering next to an English schoolmaster, Mr. Wheeler in Aldermaston, England, in the late 1760's. A Mr. Stairs acquired the Wheeler property and was excited to find seedling pears growing in the garden. This is likely the reason why there is reference to the variety being known as the Aldermaster pear, or the Stair Pear.
Stairs sent off cuttings to Richard Williams, a Nurseryman in Turnham Green, England in the early 1800's. Williams then introduced the pear as The Williams Pear, in 1814.
A James Carter then imported the Williams Pear to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1799. The trees were planted on the estate of Thomas Brewer, which was later purchased by Enoch Bartlett.
Bartlett had no idea of where this variety came from and introduces the variety as the Bartlett Pear. It quickly gained widespread attention and became a standard for pears in the United States.
It is reported that in 1828, the Williams Pear tree variety arrived from Europe. It was soon thereafter they realized that Bartlett and Williams are the same variety.
This was too late for the already established Bartlett to have a name change. This story may have been repeated many times throughout the world as there are reports of the Williams Pear under many different names around the world.
|Botanical Name||Pyrus 'Bartlett'|
|Mature Height||Semi Dwarf: 12 - 18 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|