Best varieties of flowering pear trees for any garden.


If you are looking to plant trees in your garden, you might want to consider the different types of flowering pear trees available. With their beautiful blooms and hardiness, these trees can make a great addition to any garden. There are 12 main varieties of flowering pear trees, each with its own unique characteristics and requirements.

One popular type of flowering pear tree is the Manchurian pear. This variety is known for its beautiful white blooms and strong, vigorous growth. It grows well in a wide range of climates and is resistant to most diseases and insects. The Manchurian pear is also an evergreen tree, which makes it a good choice for areas with cold temperatures.

Another popular variety is the Kieffer pear. This tree is a dwarfing variety, meaning it grows to a smaller size than most other pear trees. The Kieffer pear is also resistant to many diseases and insects, making it a good choice for Georgia gardens. It grows well in a variety of soil types, but prefers well-drained soil.

The Hood pear is another excellent choice for gardeners. This variety is known for its high-quality fruits and good disease resistance. The Hood pear tree is also a reliable pollinator, as it blooms well and produces a large quantity of flowers. It is a fast-growing tree that can reach maturity in as little as 5 years.

When planting flowering pear trees, it is important to consider the specific requirements of each variety. Most pear trees prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They also benefit from regular pruning to remove dead or diseased branches. Fertilization is also important to ensure the health and growth of the trees.

In conclusion, flowering pear trees are a great addition to any garden. With their beautiful blooms, hardiness, and resistance to diseases and insects, they are a popular choice for many gardeners. Whether you choose a dwarfing variety or a larger, more vigorous tree, flowering pear trees can bring beauty and elegance to your yard.

12 Types of Pear Trees to Grow in Your Yard

If you’re beginning your search for the perfect pear tree to grow in your yard, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many options to choose from. Pear trees are widely grown for their delicious fruits and their ornamental beauty. Whether you desire a dwarfing variety or a medium-size tree, an evergreen or deciduous tree, or a tree that is resistant to certain diseases, you’ll find the right pear tree for your garden.

1. Baldwin: Baldwin pears are a popular choice for those looking for a winter-hardy and disease-resistant tree. They are known for their slightly tart, medium-sized fruits.

2. Asian Pears: Asian pears, such as the Snow and Southworth varieties, are great for regions with hot summers. They are crispy and sweet, and some varieties can even be eaten right off the tree.

3. Seckel: Seckel pears are small and sweet, making them perfect for snacking or using in desserts. They are very disease-resistant and can be grown in a wide range of climates.

4. Starking: Starking pears are a hybrid variety that is a cross between an Asian and European-type pear. They are known for their large size, juicy texture, and sweet flavor.

5. Pleached Pear Trees: Pleached pear trees are a unique type of pear tree that are trained and pruned to form a living fence or wall. They require regular pruning and care, but they can provide shade and privacy in your garden.

6. Ornamental Pear Trees: Ornamental pear trees, such as the Bradford pear, are valued for their beautiful spring blooms and vibrant fall foliage. They are often used in landscaping as focal points or in group plantings.

7. Rootstock Program: Some pear trees, especially dwarfing varieties, are grafted onto specific rootstocks in order to control their size and vigor. This can be useful for smaller yards or for those wanting to grow pears in containers.

8. Disease-Resistant Varieties: If you’re concerned about common pear tree diseases like fire blight or pear scab, look for disease-resistant varieties. These trees are bred to be more resistant to disease and require less spraying or treatment.

9. Fertilization: Like most fruit trees, pear trees benefit from regular fertilization. Be sure to review the fertilization schedules and requirements for the specific variety you choose.

10. Growing Conditions: Pear trees thrive in full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day and well-drained soil. They can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but extreme cold or hot temperatures can damage the tree or its fruit.

11. Pruning: Proper pruning is important for maintaining the health and shape of your pear tree. Be sure to review pruning techniques and timing for your specific variety.

12. Picking Time: Pears are best when allowed to mature on the tree before picking. Different varieties have different picking times, so be sure to review the recommended picking time for your specific variety.

With this variety of pear trees to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect addition to your yard or garden. Whether you desire delicious fruits, ornamental beauty, or both, pear trees are a great choice for any landscape.


The Bartlett pear tree is one of the most popular and widely planted flowering pear tree varieties. It is known for its large, juicy and firm fruit that is perfect for eating fresh or for canning. The Bartlett pear tree is also a good choice for any garden because it has beautiful flowers in the spring and an attractive, evergreen foliage that adds beauty to your yard all year long.

The Bartlett pear tree grows up to 20 feet tall and requires full sun to thrive. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8 and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. However, it prefers well-draining soils and is partially resistant to blight, making it a good selection for areas with high disease pressure.

To ensure proper pollination and better fruit set, it is recommended to plant more than one Bartlett pear tree or to choose another variety that blooms at the same time. Bartlett pears are self-incompatible, meaning they cannot pollinate themselves.

When planting a Bartlett pear tree, make sure to pick a site that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The tree will also need enough space to grow, so consider the mature size of the tree when selecting the planting location.

Pruning is important for the Bartlett pear tree to maintain a strong structure and promote good fruit production. Regular pruning should be done in late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant. Remove any dead, diseased, or crossing limbs, and thin out the canopy to improve air circulation.

The Bartlett pear tree is a vigorous grower, so regular watering is important, especially during dry spells. It is also important to provide the tree with a deep watering once a week during the growing season.

Overall, the Bartlett pear tree is a great choice for any garden because of its beautiful flowers, delicious fruit, and ability to withstand various conditions. Consider planting a Bartlett pear tree in your yard and enjoy its many benefits for years to come.


The “Baldwin” variety of flowering pear trees is a popular choice for any garden. It is known for its beautiful silver and above and evergreen foliage, which provides an attractive backdrop for the various types of pears it produces. The “Baldwin” pear is a hybrid variety that is a cross between the Manchurian and Kieffer pear trees.

Baldwin pears are medium-sized, with a flesh that is firm and crisp. They have a sweet and slightly tart flavor, making them perfect for eating fresh or using in preserves. However, they are not as juicy as some other pear varieties.

One of the benefits of growing “Baldwin” pear trees is that they are resistant to fire blight, which is a common disease that can attack pear trees. They are also able to withstand colder climates and can be grown in zones 1 to 6. However, they do require well-drained soils and are not suitable for areas with heavy clay or poorly draining soils.

When planting a “Baldwin” pear tree, it is important to choose a site in your garden that receives full sun. The tree will grow to a height of 12 to 15 feet and will have a spreading habit. It is recommended to leave at least 12 feet of space between each tree to allow for proper growth and air circulation. If space is limited, “Baldwin” pear trees can also be pleached against a wall or fence.

In terms of pollination and fertilization, “Baldwin” pear trees are self-fertile, meaning they can produce fruit on their own without the need for another pear tree for pollination. However, if you desire a larger amount of pears or want to ensure better fruit set, it is recommended to plant another variety of flowering pear tree nearby. Good pollination partners for “Baldwin” include the Kieffer, Seckel, and Georgia varieties.

Baldwin pear trees typically reach maturity and start producing fruit within 2 to 5 years of planting. They have moderate water requirements, needing regular watering especially during dry periods. It is important to provide them with a well-balanced fertilizer and to prune them annually to maintain their shape and promote healthy growth.

Overall, the “Baldwin” variety of flowering pear tree is a great choice for any garden. Its attractive foliage, resistance to disease, and ability to withstand colder climates make it a favorite among gardeners and experts alike. Whether planted as a standalone tree or part of a larger fruit orchard, the “Baldwin” pear tree will certainly add beauty and productivity to your outdoor space.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.