Moonglow Pear Tree

Easy to Grow Pear Tree With Loads of Fruit

Pyrus Communis ‘Moonglow’ aka the Moonglow Pear Tree is the package deal when it comes to fruit trees!

With juicy, delectable fruit being produced in and low maintenance qualities, you can’t go wrong with a dwarf Moonglow Pear tree. The Moonglow pear fruit has greenish-brown skin that turns blush pink when ripe. It is very similar to a Bartlett Pear and the fruit size is medium to large. A benefit of this fruit is that it is low acid, and is chocked full of vitamins and nutrients.

This European pear variety produces white flowers in mid to late spring and has dark green foliage that will stay on the tree until fall. Being a deciduous tree, it will lose all its leaves over winter but not before putting on a display of fall color when the green leaves turn to yellow.

Moonglow Pear Tree Care

This variety of pear tree grows across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. Moonglow pear chill hours require 500 hours between 32 F and 45 F for fruit set. It is best suited for colder climates but can adapt to many locations. Full sun is required for crop production.

Pears like to be planted in slightly acidic soil that is well-draining and rich with nutrients. We recommend fertilizing with a slow-release fertilizer in early spring to help with flower, fruit, and tree growth. Apply a thick 2-inch layer of mulch to the base of the root ball to help provide moisture retention.

Be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. During the active growing season, the fruit tree should get around 1 inch of water per week.

Moonglow pear is very resistant to fire blight, as well as other pest and disease issues. The mature size of this pear variety is up to 12-20 feet tall and 10-15 feet tall. Regular pruning performed annually will help to keep this pear fruit tree at a manageable size where fruit can be picked with ease. It has a vigorous growth rate of 1-2 feet per year and an upright growth habit. Prune pear trees in late winter or early spring while still dormant.

When to Pick Moonglow Pear?

Moonglow pears ripen in from August to September depending on your location. You can tell when the fruit is ripe when it gets softer to the touch. Expect the first year to bear fruit to be 2-3 years after planting. They are heavy bearers and will produce fruit for many years. You can let them ripen on the tree or harvest pears before ripening to store for later use.

Is Moonglow Pear Self Pollinating?

Pyrus communis ‘Moonglow’ is not self-fertile and requires another pear tree nearby for cross-pollination. Trees should be planted no more than 50 feet away from each other to cross-pollinate. Bees are the primary pollinators of pear trees and having multiple types of pear trees will increase fruit production. Moonglow variety is a very good variety for pollinating other common pear trees too.

What Are the Best Pollinators for Moonglow Pear?

Bartlett pear is the #1 choice for pollinators. Other good options include other European pears like Hood Pear or Kieffer Pear. Our Asian Pears can also be good cross-pollination partners as well.

Shop the Moonglow Pear Tree for sale for sweet juicy fruit that is grit-free and easy to grow! Note: these trees are not bare-root, they are rooted in a nursery container in soil with a root ball.

Check out the Pear Tree Growing Guide for more useful information on this fruit tree.

Botanical Name

Pyrus communis 'Moonglow'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 12-20 ft
Mature Width 10-15 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy white flowers
  • Low maintenance
  • Juicy blush streaked fruit

Shipping Info

Once your Moonglow Pear Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

CLEVELAND PEAR CARE:

The low-maintenance Cleveland Pear can be planted in partial shade but prefers full sun ideally. It adapts well to different soil types as long as the soil is well-drained. It is drought tolerant but should be watered regularly until established after it’s first year. These fast growing trees maintain their oval shape well naturally. Pruning is only necessary in late winter or early spring to remove any dead or damaged branches.

Multiple Cleveland Pears should be spaced 15 or more feet apart.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Cleveland Pear, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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