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World Famous Favorite Bartlett Pear

  • Delicious Pears
  • Fast Growing Small Tree
  • Long Lived
  • Self-Fruitful
  • Keeps Well In Storage

Nothing quite compares to the Bartlett Pear. Produced from a deciduous tree with ornamental features, the Bartlett Pear (Pyrus 'Bartlett') is delicious, juicy, and oh-so-sweet.

Also known as Williams' pear in Europe, the Bartlett is one of the most popular pears in the world. Its origins could go as far back as the late 1400s, making this amazing tree a classic favorite. Its exceptional fruit and overall heartiness makes it a favorite for experienced gardeners and amateurs alike.

Bartlett Pear trees are fast-growing, meaning you won't have to wait long for your first harvest. The tree also is generally long-lived.

Bartlett Pear trees are versatile, faring well in agricultural, suburban and urban environments. Urban pollution doesn't seem to be a problem for this amazing fruit tree.

Because it is self-fruitful, you can grow just one and still wind up with a harvest of high-quality pears. But you'll get a larger harvest if you plant with another tree nearby as a pollination partner.

Clusters of tiny white blossoms emerge from the Bartlett Pear tree during springtime. How exciting to pluck one of the delicious pears from your very own tree.

Bartlett Pears are have a round, bell shape, and a golden-green skin that holds juicy sweetness inside. Its crisp flesh is a favorite to use for cooking and baking.

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!

Bartlett is an outstanding choice for a lovely tree that also provides an ample harvest. Order our healthy trees, with extensive root systems, and get a head's start on your next crop of wonderful Bartlett Pears!

Recommended pollinators: Bosc, D'Anjou, Comice

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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
#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.


Bartlett Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Pyrus communis 'Bartlett'
Mature Height Semi Dwarf: 12 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years