Pears are probably the most carefree and easiest of the tree fruits to grow. Even if never sprayed for disease or pests, they generally still produce a good crop with minimal insect or disease damage.

Some varieties are somewhat self fertile, but will always produce heavier crops if two different varieties are planted near each other.

All of these pears are on semi-dwarf (10′-15′) and large growing (15′-20′) tall root stocks.   Pears are quite adaptable to soil types, and will grow well anywhere from light ground to heavy clay. They also will grow in soil that is wetter than other fruit trees will tolerate.

We offer both European and Asian varieties, so there should be something here for everyone. European pears are the traditional looking fruit that softens up when ripe and are very sweet and juicy. Asian pears are round in shape, the yellowish to butterscotch colored fruit is often covered with a rough brown russet, and even when ripe the very juicy flesh remains crisp.. They are often sold in grocery stores as pear apples, and are quite expensive. Asian pears generally begin bearing fruit after 2-3 years.  Pears require pollination from another variety, so plant a different variety nearby.      

  Pears should be planted 10-20 feet apart depending on root stock.



Anjou – is a large green, short necked pear that is very common in grocery stores. Flesh is very juicy, sweet, and excellent for all uses. They also store for long periods of time.  Trees are vigorous growing, very productive, and early to begin bearing fruit.  Also known as D’anjou, and originated in France over 200 years ago.                                                                                                                                                                                        On semi-dwarf growing (10′-15′) rootstock.

   Ripens in late September – early October


Bartlett – This is the best know of all pears. It is all green, juicy, sweet, and if thinned properly, achieves a large size. Bartlett is excellent for canning and all other purposes.  You just can’t go wrong with this one that’s widely grown around the country for it’s excellent quality fruit and high productivity. Somewhat self fertile but a more consistent producer with another variety planted nearby.                                                  On large growing (15′-20′) rootstock.                              

  Ripens in early September


Bosc – a late ripening long necked pear covered completely by a brown russet skin. Bosc has very fine grained juicy flesh with a perfume scent to it and an unforgettable flavor.  I consider Bosc to be the best fresh eating pear of all. Bosc fruit will keep for very long periods in refrigeration, usually until late winter or spring.  Trees are kind of slow growing, but very productive. It originated in Europe over 200 years ago.                                      On semi-dwarf (10′-15′)  rootstock.                                                                 

       Ripens late September – early October


Hardy Wisconsin – a medium sized pear with very sweet and juicy white flesh. Skin is yellow with some russeting and a red blush. This variety is excellent for fresh eating and canning. It also stores very well when picked with skin still green in color. This is one of our most cold hardy pears and can be planted anywhere in Michigan.              On rootstock growing 12′ – 18′ tall.   

Ripens late in September.


Kalle – is a large, beautiful dark red pear that ripens later in August. It’s flesh is white, very sweet and juicy, fine grained, and is great for fresh eating, baking, sauce, and I’ve canned them for many years. Trees are very productive.  Kalle was discovered near South Haven, Michigan nearly 80 years ago and is still very popular.           On semi dwarf (10′-15′)  rootstock.     

       Ripens in mid-late August


Potomac – is a great variety that ripens in early fall. The fruit is medium size with a short neck similar to the Anjou pear, which is one of its parents. Fruit is very sweet and juicy and good for all uses. Potomac is very resistant to fireblight, so is a good organic choice. Trees strong growing and productive.            On semi-dwarf (10′-15′) rootstock.   Ripens late September-early October


Shenandoah – this later ripening pear closely resembles Bartlett in shape, grows larger in size, and matures a month later. The sweet, juicy, and fine grained flesh of Shenandoah is excellent for all uses, and stores very well. This variety is quite resistant to fireblight, so is great for organic growers.  A good choice for food plots also.       On semi dwarf (10′-15′) rootstock.   

Ripens late September into mid October


Red Bartlett – this one is exactly the same as the world famous green variety in terms of season, flavor, size, and uses, but has a beautiful red color skin. These are often seen in produce departments and farmers markets, and are usually more expensive than the green  ones.                                                                   

Ripens in early September


Seckel – this is a small fruited (around 2″ diameter) variety with exceptionally sweet, juicy, and fine grained flesh. These are called sugar pears by many people, and often canned whole. I remember my mom pickling them with cloves and cinnamon. They were quite a treat around Christmas time.  Seckel is not as fast a grower as other pears, but is very productive and a dependable producer. Seckel has good resistance to fireblight, and has been around for over 200 years.                                                                                                                               On semi-dwarf (10′-15′) rootstock.

Ripens in early September

Sunrise – is the earliest maturing variety we offer. Fruit is medium – large in size, and pale yellow with a red blush when ripe. Flesh is smooth, sweet, very juicy and of excellent flavor. These are the first pears of the season, and do not store as long as later maturing varieties, but if you are connoisseur of excellent flavored pears, this one is worth growing. These sell well at farm markets since they are the first fresh pears of the season. Highly resistant to fireblight.                   On semi-dwarf (10′-15′) rootstock.   

Ripens mid August


Asian Pears

 Olympic Giant – this is an Asian variety that is very popular in grocery stores. They are often called apple pears, and are very large, round, russeted, and retain a crisp and juicy texture even when fully ripe.  They need pollination from another Asian pear variety or Bartlett to set fruit.  Olympic Giant fruit stores well for long periods.      On large (15′-20′) growing rootstock.  

        Ripens in mid September to mid October


Niitaka – this Asian variety ripens 2-3 weeks earlier than Olympic, and also has a heavily russeted skin with orange-brown coloration. Flesh is very sweet and juicy, and fruit stores well for several months. Niitaka is a good pollinator for Olympic Giant or Shinko.                                                                                                       On Large (15′-20′) rootstock.

      Ripens late August – early September


Shinko – is a late ripening variety of medium size. Flesh is exceptionally crisp and has excellent, sweet flavor. if you like Asian pears, plant this one one to compliment the other varieties we offer. Shinko is a great storing pear like most other late varieties. A good pollinator for other Asian pears or can be pollinated by Bartlett.          On large growing (15′-20′) rootstock.

Ripens in early-mid October


Last Modified on September 9, 2021
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