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Pyrus communis 'Harrow Sweet' (European Pear)

Pear 'Harrow Sweet', Harrow Sweet Pear, Pyrus 'Harrow Sweet', European Pear, Common Pear, Wild Pear, Choke Pear


Noted for its high quality fruit and early production, Pyrus communis 'Harrow Sweet' is a multi-purpose cultivar with a profusion of fragrant, creamy white flowers in early mid-season (early-mid spring). Draped in clusters along the branches, they are truly a sight to behold. They are followed in fall by a heavy crop of medium to large, yellow fruits adorned with a red blush and some russetting. Their white flesh is sweet and juicy with excellent flavor. They are perfect for eating, canning and preserves. Harrow Sweet is not self-fertile and requires pollination by at least two other varieties with the same bloom period such as Moonglow or Bartlett. Cold-hardy, Harrow Sweet enjoys a very good resistance to fire blight. The foliage of elliptic glossy green leaves turns pretty shades of red and yellow in fall. Beautiful in bloom, handsome in full leaf, heavy with luscious pears, attractive in fall, picturesque in winter, pear trees are very rewarding additions to the landscape across the seasons.

  • Grows up to 12-15 ft. tall (3-4 m) and 8-10 ft. wide (2-3 m) as a dwarf variety. Grows up to 15-20 ft. tall and wide (4-6 m) as a standard tree.
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in deep, fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Prefers a sheltered, frost-free position.
  • Pears should be pruned every year to get the best crop. They also need to be thinned to about 5 in. apart (12 cm) in late spring or early summer if you want to reap the best-quality fruit.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, pear blister mite, pear midge and pear and cherry slugworm, pear scab, pear rust, brown rot, blossom wilt and fireblight.
  • Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a clonal rootstock for fruit; quince rootstocks are usually used. The rootstock used will largely determine the vigor.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Pyrus - Pears
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Pyrus - Pears
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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