While the Bartlett pear might be considered an all American pear, it actually originated in Europe. When it found its way to England, a nurseryman distributed it under his name, the Williams pear. When it eventually reached America in the 18th century, it was distributed by Enoch Bartlett, the gentleman who lent his name to the fruit we know today.
The Bartlett has become the most popular variety of pear. Its firm texture, yellow skin and sweet, white flesh is hard to beat.
Bartlett Pear trees are fast growing, reaching a height of 12-20 feet with a spread of 12-13 feet. It grows approximately 12-24 inches a year and will bear fruit in four to six years of planting.
Tiny white, fragrant blossoms emerge in mid-April, and fruit can be harvested by mid-August. The trees are self-pollinating but produce a better crop if cross-pollinated.
Bartlett Pear trees grow best in full sunlight and slightly acidic clay, loamy or sandy soil that is well-drained. Hardiness Zone: 5-7.