Moonglow pear trees

Moonglow pear tree
  • Pick: Early-season (mid-August)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Moonglow is a high-quality early-season pear. The fruits are large with a sweet flavor, reminiscent of Bartlett and Comice from which it is descended.

As with most pears, pick slightly early and then ripen indoors. Newly-picked fruits will have some acidity and can be used at this point for cooking.

Moonglow pear trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock  Interstem 24.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Moonglow

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Fireblight: Very resistant?

Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
    Pick slightly early for cooking with.
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Moonglow

Moonglow is in flowering group 3. Moonglow is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other pear trees.

How to grow Moonglow pear trees

Moonglow is very resistant to fireblight, one of the most serious diseases of pears.

Historical details

Developed in the 1960s by the US Dept.of Agriculture as part of a program to develop pears which were resistant to fireblight. Moonglow is a cross between an old variety called Roi Charles de Wurtemburg and an experimental variety called Michigan 437 which was derived from Bartlett and Comice. This parentage explains its good flavour characteristics.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Moonglow'