Facts About Pear Trees


Fresh, processed or canned, it's undeniable that pears are a staple in the fruit section of countless diets. The delicious, edible fruit is only an added bonus to these hardy and beautiful trees, a wonderful accent to almost any landscape.


Put a pear and an apple side by side, and it's easy to see why they're in the same family. What might not be so clear is just as true--the pear is also a part of the rose family.


If you're looking for a hardy tree, a pear tree might be a great option. They tolerate different types of soil very well, and have a wide range of climates that they are suited to, from Canadian temperatures to the Florida sun.


Plant one pear tree and it'll do just fine, but in order to get fruit, you'll need to plant more than one. Pears need to be cross-pollinated in order to bear fruit.

Ripening Times

Ripening times and lengths depend on the variety of pear. Winter pears include varieties such as Anjou and Hardy, and are harvested in the autumn and early winter. Summer varieties such as the Bartlett are ready for harvesting from July to August.

City Pear Trees

One of the most common varieties of pear trees for city planting is the Bradford pear. This type is particularly resistant to pollution and pests, adapts well to changes in the soil, and has beautiful fall foliage.


Place trees in an area where they have about 25 feet of space; they can grow up to 30 feet tall, and their branches can spread out anywhere from 8 to 18 feet.


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Debra Durkee has been writing professionally since 2005. She has been both a columnist and reporter, with her work appearing in print publications from the Metro Group, Inc in New York to the "Casa Grande Dispatch" in Arizona. Now a freelance writer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University.