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Sugar Pears & Spring Blossoms - Seckel Pear Tree!

  • Sugar Pear or Candy Pear
  • Vibrant Green Pears
  • Ripen to Golden Green & Russet-Scarlet Blush
  • Exceptionally Sweet & Juicy Fruit
  • Fine-Textured Flesh is Creamy White
  • Fantastic Dessert Pear, Canning & Fresh Eating
  • Gorgeous White Flowers
  • Pollinators Galore
  • Handsome Green Foliage
  • Moderate Sized Tree & Exquisite Small Fruit
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Disease Resistant & Good Drought Tolerance
  • ~600 Chill Hours

An antique dessert fruit since the 1700s, the Seckel Pear Tree (Pyrus communis 'Seckel') is a fruit-bearing tree that is beloved for its incredible fruit that are so sumptuously sweet that they're sometimes referred to as Sugar pears or Candy pears.

These honeyed beauties begin their lives in early spring when delicate, white blossoms welcome the new season and will ‘wow’ your neighbors with their pristine artistry. The local pollinators too will notice this floral display and hone in on the nectar resources!

As spring turns to summer, adorable little pears form, beginning their development as a vibrant green. The pears soon transform to greenish-golden tones with russet highlights and eventually take on a lovely, scarlet blush by mid-September. Each diminutive fruit is as alluring as it is delicious.

They may be small, but they make up for their stature with incredible flavor. Sweet and luscious, they’re often thought of as a dessert pear. They impart their incredibly sweet flavor with delicate, spicy undertones. The fine-grained flesh is an appealing, creamy white with just a hint of sunny yellow.

How to Use Seckel Pear Tree In The Landscape

Modestly sized, the vibrant green foliage and spring blooms make for an amazing ornamental specimen tree. Suitable for front landscapes as it is in the orchard setting, this is a great focal point anywhere it goes!

Shade seating areas, garden beds or patios, or set outside a window so you’ll always have one in view when you walk by or relax outside! You’ll be able to readily enjoy your spring blossom, cooling shade or keep an eye on your delicious gems as they ripen on the branches.

Ornamental European Pears are often seen in front yards, so a Seckel in your yard will not only provide that popular appeal but grant you a fall treat as well. Seckel is a reliable and productive tree that does best with a pollinator nearby.

Fantastic and sweet as sugar, these are commonly used as dessert pears for all your cooking and baking needs. Create smooth dessert sauces, and amazing preserves, jams and spiced pears! Of course, they’re luscious straight from the tree!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees require full sun for the most vigorous growth and best harvest. Provide at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sun. Growing amazingly in USDA growing zones 6 through 9.

Displaying some drought tolerance, it’s best to protect your investment with regular watering during times of need, when fruiting and during the heat of summer. Young trees especially require consistent moisture until they’re established.

Preferring rich, loamy, well-drained soil, provide a good layer of mulch over your root system for better moisture consistency and insulation from heat and cold.

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!

With some resistance to fire blight, fantastically aromatic, and generally hardy, this is exceptional in both form and flavor! Seckel Pear Tree is hard to beat so try a Candy Pear this year for a flavor sensation you won't soon forget at!

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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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
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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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Seckel Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pyrus communis 'Seckel'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
When To Prune Late Winter
Fragrant Yes