Do You Want A Cooking Pear
or An Eating Pear?

That's the hot question: what kind of pear tree do you want?
Are you going to make preserves or do you just want to use the fruit fresh, like in a fruit salad?

Pears are fairly easy to grow in North Florida,  though they can be a bit slow growing. Finding the right variety is something you should consider carefully.

Pears come in two "styles": they are either hard, as in good for cooking into pear cobbler or pear preserves; or they are soft, the only ones that are edible without a belly-ache!​  The best way to choose is sample the varieties in the grocery store and decide which ones suit your palette. Then consult the list below.

A few varieties are self-fertile, but it's almost a mute point as they do much better if you have a second variety as a pollinator. 

NEW FOR 2015:

SPALDING PEARS:   A Hidden Gem for North Florida

An Excellent Soft Pear Variety:  But Hard to Find!

Spalding is an utterly delicious, soft, eating pear with a complex mellow flavor typical of European pears, yet it has a crunchy, juicy sweetness like an Asian pear.  Read more

Purchase SPALDING in the list below:

pear blossom

pear blossom up close


Pears can be either hard or soft.

All varieties listed below are 4′-5′ trees in 3 gal pots
and are recommended for zones 8b, 9a and 9b.
Most grow 20-30' tall, 10-15' across at maturity.

Have a favorite we haven’t listed? E-mail us your request.

A few varieties are self-fertile,
but it is best to have a second variety as a pollinator.

UPDATE:   We can now get pears in 7 gallon sizes -- inquire for details.

Hood Pears are a popular variety of soft pears, suitable for eating raw but also good for cooking. The texture is what you would expect from a good eating pear: neither grainy or bitter. Hood is a golden yellow pear with a soft, buttery flesh. The flavor is a bit tangy, something like a Bartlett.

Low chill hybrid: requires only 150 chill hours to produce fruit. Highly disease resistant. Ripens in July/early August. The FlordaHome is a more reliable pollinator for the HOOD than the PINEAPPLE PEAR, but some years the PINEAPPLE PEAR works better. Depends on the winter
Zones 8-10.

Price: $29.00
FlordaHome PEAR TREE
FlordaHome PEAR TREE
FlordaHome is tasty, sweet soft pear, somewhat greenish skin and great for fresh eating or making preserves.
Low chill hybrid: requires only 150 chill hours to produce fruit, though many growers simply say "requires less than 400 hrs".
Not as disease resistant as the HOOD, but makes a tasty good pollinator that can be eaten fresh. The FlordaHome is a more reliable pollinator for the favored HOOD than the PINEAPPLE PEAR is. Ripens in mid to late July

Pollinators: best with HOOD or PINEAPPLE PEAR
Zones 8b-9

Price: $29.00
Low chill pears: all are highly disease resistant, esp to Fireblight bacteria.

Choose from 5 varieties of low chill soft pears, delicious for eating raw: Spalding, FlordaHome, Hood, Ayers or Baldwin. Or 3 kinds of more firm pears perfect for cooking but also eaten raw: Kieffer, Orient or Pineapple Pear. Or Asian pears: Shinseiki is self fertile. Remember, most of these require a specific pollinator.

Price: $29.00
please specify variety:
Pineapple PEAR TREE
Pineapple PEAR TREE
Pineapple Pears are a variety of hard pears, best suited for cooking and making preserves. The flavor is tangy-pineapple-like. This is a prolific variety that ripens in late August to early September. Grows 15-20 feet tall with a 10-15 foot spread.
Low chill variety: requires only 150 chill hours
Zones 5-9.
Price: $29.00
Orient Pears are a large yellow fruit w/ a firm white flesh, somewhat coarse but crisp texture, and suitable to baking. Great flavor. Almost immune to fireblight. Very hardy, ripens in Aug/Sept, requires 350 to 400 chill hours. HARD pear.
Pollinators: GOLDEN BOY or KEIFFER
Price: $29.00
Keiffer Pears are a hard cooking pear and one of the oldest and most disease resistant pears in the South. They can be pollinated from another Keiffer pear, but it is used most often as a pollinator for the tastier Orient. Ripens in July / August in zones 8b-9.
Requires approx 400 chill hours, or about 3 wks at 45° or less.
Pollinators: GOLDEN BOY or ORIENT
Zones 5-9b

Price: $29.00