The Seckel pear is a must for the home orchard. Hardy and self-fertile. Hardiest bloom in the spring. Resistant to fire blight; it's reported that if any trees survive, Seckels do. The Seckel pear is considered native to Pennsylvania, though there is some mysterory surrounding its history. It’s said to be named after a local farmer who found a “wild sapling” growing just outside Philadelphia late 1700's. Fruit small, reddish-brown russet over yellow or greenish-brown. Best flavor. Flesh creamy white and sweet. Good for preserving, spicing. Thinning produces better size fruit. Often known as the Sugar Pear. Tree is naturally semi-dwarf.
Growing Considerations for Seckel Pear East Coast 1790
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Bloom Period: Midseason
Harvest Period: Midseason
Storage: 3 Months or More
Low Chill: Yes
Uses: Fresh Eating
Disease Resistance: Good
Origin Date: 1700`s
Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile
Years to Bear: 2-5 years
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Shape when Shipped: Whip (no branching)
Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*; Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions
. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits