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Moonglow pear trees

Pyrus communis
Moonglow

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

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Quince A interstem rootstock £21.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

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

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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.

Moonglow characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited States
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colourGreen - light