2017 - The best selection of pears in years!

I’m seeing an incredible number of pears available that were once fairly obscure varieties. Has anyone been taking advantage and starting new pear orchards? Anything and everything can be found as new bench grafts or whips.





Note: Wagonwheel benchgrafts in quantities of 10 @ around $12 per tree of the following varieties

Pear Anjou

Pear Asian Chojoro

Pear Asian Hosui

Pear Asian Korean Giant *

Pear Asian Nijiseiki *

Pear Asian Seuri

Pear Asian Shinko

Pear Asian Shinseiki

Pear Ayers

Pear Bartlett

Pear Best Ever

Pear Blakes Pride

Pear Bon Chretien Dhiver

Pear Bosc

Pear Clapps Favorite

Pear Clapp’s Favorite, Red

Pear Collette

Pear Columbia

Pear Comice

Pear Comptesse Clara Frijs

Pear Concord *

Pear Conference

Pear Crisp-N-Sweet

Pear Des Urbanistes

Pear Douglas

Pear Doyenne Gris

Pear Flemish Beauty

Pear Franklin

Pear German A

Pear German C-Tree Ripe

Pear Golden Spice

Pear Gorham

Pear Green Jade

Pear Haileys Red

Pear Harrow 604

Pear Harrow 609

Pear Harrow Delight

Pear Harrow Sweet

Pear Harvest Sweet

Pear Highland *

Pear Honeysweet

Pear Japanese Golden Russet

Pear Jarve Seemik *

Pear Jumbo

Pear June Sugar aka Early Seckel

Pear Kaspers Winter

Pear Keiffer

Pear Kogetsu

Pear Lincoln

Pear Luscious

Pear Magness

Pear Maxine

Pear Nova

Pear Olympia

Pear Orcas

Pear Parker

Pear Patten

Pear Pineapple Pear

Pear Potomac

Pear Rescue

Pear Rotkottis Frau Ostergotland

Pear Santa Claus

Pear Seckel

Pear Sheldon

Pear Siberian

Pear Southworth *

Pear Spartlett

Pear Stacyville

Pear Sugar Pear

Pear Summer Crisp

Pear Superfin

Pear Tayton Squash

Pear Treasure *

Pear Tyson

Pear Ubileen *

Pear Ure

Pear Vermont Beauty

Pear Warren

Pear Winnals Longdon

Pear Winter Nelis *

Pear Ya Gi


Oh, Clark. You prolific Prince of Pear Posts and Propagation.


Like I’ve mentioned the pears speak for themselves as tough , productive, relatively disease resistant fruit trees. I don’t deserve or take any of the credit the pears deserve.

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But you and Dr Postman (Corvallis) are their greatest champions!


I have to agree with Clark. For the home gardener in SE Geogia, the pear is by far the best fruit for the beginner to try and grow followed by muscadines and figs. The absolute hardest thing about it is knowing which varieties to avoid and realizing that you have to ripen them inside or in the frig. I know of no other fruit tree that you can stick in the ground and forget about, and it will still be thriving and producing fruit 50 years later with no care at all, ever, except for occasional mowing around it to keep it from being strangled by vines and over topped by taller trees.

In terms of uses I don’t know of another fruit that is as versatile as a pear other than apples. You can even pick them green and use them as a starchy vegetable.

God bless



Pears certainly will always hsve a spot in my orchard. I only wish I knew 25 years ago what I know today. If the average person only knew how many wonderful varieties of pears there are the pear would be far more popular.


Marcus, that is very interesting. How do you prepare green pears as a veggie? That would be a way to extend the fresh season. Can a large helping give you a green-apple bellyache?

@clarkinks, we had some Maxine pears last year from the orchard we visited and really liked them. We canned about 7 quarts of them. My wife is a bigger pear fan than me, I don’t care for too much grit, and they hardly had any. They were firm and slightly sweet and had a good overall taste.

My question is which other pear varieties are there that share Maxine’s attributes?


I doubt that you would get a green apple belly ache from cooked green apples. How I prepare the pears is peal them and cut them up like potatoes and throw them in with a pot roast or pork roast with some unions and other vegetables. Or I would cut them up finer and put them in with some soup or a curry dish. When green they add kind of a sweet and sour note to whatever you are cooking.

During Roman and Medieval times pears were hard and not very palatable raw. They were mostly used for flavoring meats along with quince. There is a very interesting story in St. Augustin’s Confessions (Late 4th Century Roman North Africa) where Augustin confesses his joining with a gang of mischievous youths in raiding a pear orchard while the owner of the orchard was sleeping. In fact the boys did not eat the pears. They took them and pelted another farmer’s pigs with them, one again motivated by nothing but the sake of being mean.

He said that they did it not for the largely inedible pears but for the sheer meanness of the crime. Back in the day pears were put in dried meats, sausages and other similar dishes. An interesting note is that pepper was not readily available at the time, and in many places salt was very expensive. Typically savory foods were seasoned with cinnamon. In a world without potatoes or even tomatoes, pears was an important starchy “vegetable” and was also the “fruit vegetable” like the tomato is today. Although unlike the tomato they were probably never eaten raw. They probably were dried though. God bless.



I never gave pears a chance but I’m starting at a new place and will be planting a few. My only problem is don’t know which to get. I had a really good red Anjou from the store the other day. Bosch I bought could have been more ripe but was good. I’m sure you guys know of the best ones. I’m looking to plant 3.

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My opinion is Potomac, Magness, Harrow Sweet, Harrow Delight etc. Are all good choices for fairly care free pears. The quality of these pears is good but the disease resistance is excellent. Consider Korean Giant and Drippin’ Honey as good Asian pears.


You are in Oklahoma, so assume that fire blight will be a challenge, but chilling hours shouldn’t be a problem for you. By reputation the fire blight resistant variety most like Anjou in flavor is Potomac. I’m going by reputation here. I haven’t had one. Anjou is a parent variety.

I don’t know of anyone with Golden Boy that far north. It’s a super reliable, highly productive soft low chill variety originally found at a homestead in Wasilla County Florida and made available to the public by Just Fruits and Exotics. For South Georgia and North Florida I would say it may be the surest bet. It reminds me of the Bartlett pears in the store, but it’s a little meatier. The flavor of Southern Bartlett might be a little better when its ripened in the refrigerator, but Golden Boy does not have to be ripened in the frig and it keeps a little longer.

Warren and Magness are very similar to each other and are both supposedly a lot like Comice, a super high quality variety that’s very susceptible to fire blight. Warren is supposedly a little more reliable further south, but the quality of Magness is supposedly slightly better; however, it’s pollen sterile and has a reputation for being slow to produce and not very productive when it does produce. As Clark commented, consider Asian pears as something quite different from the pears in the grocery stores. I don’t know anything about Dripping Honey, but Korean Giant has a good reputation for quality and fire blight resistance, and so does Shinko.
Clark has more experience with pears than I do, and his climate is probably closer to yours than mine is, so I would consider his advice with a lot of weight. Just remember, if you get Magness you need a third variety that blooms at the same time as Magness and it’s other pollination partner because Magness does not contribute any viable pollen to the little love triangle. God bless.



Oklahoma has a lot of wild pears growing so I would graft those. Last time I was headed to Owasso / Tulsa I saw huge numbers of wild callery along the roads. Duchess grafts easily to callery.

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Yes Clark callery is a n aweful weedy tree here. Thanks KS for the ideas that helps a lot. One thing I’ll add is I need trees that won’t bloom too early also. Without fail we get right right now and everything wakes up only to be froze in March and April. A couple of my peaches are sweeping right now. 76 today and closer to 80 this weekend. I’m sure they will open quickly with those temps.

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A lot of Asian pears are very late bloomers.

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If you have any big callery you might take a look at this post from last year Top working Pears weather permitting

Great post. My new place doesn’t have any but the home I’m at now has some huge callery.

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I’m grafting Red Rogue this year which is a gorgeous pear from what I’ve seen. Apparently a very delicious one too. It’s a cross of comice x seckel/farmingdale seedling that is a vibrant red in color. It may not be great for my area but time will tell.


Potomac has a reputation as the disease resistant D’Anjou.

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I’m with you about the grit issue. I’m not a big pear fan either. My family likes pears but if I had my druthers I’d not have a pear tree in the orchard. I know there are a few non gritty pears out there but usually they are soft and mushy, another turn off for me. I may be destined not to eat pears. If you know of any non-gritty pears that are not mushy PLEASE let me know. I’d be more than willing to put one of those in the orchard.