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Moonglow pear trees

Pyrus communis
Moonglow
Moonglow is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A high quality early season dessert and culinary pear, very resistant to fireblight.

Moonglow pear trees for sale

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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.

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
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

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