Seckel pear trees

Seckel pear tree
  • Pick: Late-season (mid-October)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Pollination partners

Seckel is a traditional American pear, with a notably sweet sugary flavour. It was discovered in the early 18th century near Philadelphia, and soon established a reputation as a gourmet pear.

The Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg reported that examples were sent to England in the early 19th century, where it was very well received. He describes the flesh as "... buttery, melting, and very juicy, with a rich and unusually powerful aromatic flavour".

Although very small, the pears take on an attractive crimson flush when ripe.

Seckel pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 23rd April.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

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Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as 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 Seckel


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?


  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Seckel

Seckel is in flowering group 4. Seckel is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Seckel pear trees

Like many old pear varieties, Seckel is a tough hardy tree, and a good choice for the garden or community orchard.

Although it is not known for certain, Seckel may have some relation to the Bartlett or Williams pear - it cannot cross-pollinate with these varieties.

Historical details

Philadelphia, USA, mid18th century. The history of the Seckel pear is documented in articles published by fruit enthusiasts in the United States and Europe in the 19th century, and the original tree survived into the late 19th century. It appears to have arisen as a chance seedling of a European pear in about 1760, and at some stage thereafter the land on which it grew was owned by a Mr Seckel (or Seckle) who named it.

For more details see this article about Seckel in the Good Fruit Grower magazine.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Seckel'

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