Overview:Categories: Deciduous, Fruit, Wildlife Value
Nicely adapted to North America and widely viewed as a standby favorite, the Bartlett Pear arrived on our shores from Europe. It has made a home and adapted to our environment so well, it is often held as the standard by which to measure the performance of other options.
Multi-Functional, its’ fruit is great for fresh eating, preserves and canning. Fairly easy to grow, it rewards those who give it a home with beautiful foliage, flowers, fruit and may ‘produce’ for up to 100 years.
In our local area, the Bartlett does do better if placed close to shelter and does require a pollinator – if you’re inviting the first Bartlett to settle into your home space, be sure to buy 2, to start with.
Not suited to salty soils, it will tolerate some drought conditions, though crop production for the season will be affected. For best returns, it thrives in moist, well-drained soils, with a slightly acidic/heavy tilth to the ground it grows on on.
For wildlife, the Bartlett provides food which is attractive to birds and squirrels. With it’s need for chill hours (average of 32-45 degrees over the winter season) it has proven adaptation to our local area, and with some planning and care, gives many returns on your investment.
Dwarf or semi-dwarf variety.
Features:Scientfic Name: Pyrus communis Bartlett
Growth Habit: Open
Growth Rate: Rapid
Max. Height (ft): 10
Max Width/Spread (ft): 10
Life Span: Short
Cold Hardiness: Good
Drought Resistance: Low
Elevation Range: 7000
Soil Conditions: moist, well-drained, slightly acidic, but has adapted to many. Does not tolerate salty soils
Wildlife Value: Fair
Wildlife Notes: Fruit for birds and squirrels
Seasonal Color: White flowers in spring
Possible Insect Issues: Pear Psylla, mites, coddling moth, oriental fruit moth
Possible Disease Issues: Fire Blight
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