Magness Pear
Maryland 1960


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The Magness pear is a soft, juicy dessert pear almost free of grit cells. Introduced by the USDA in 1960's, it was named in honor of Dr. John R. Magness, long-time director of the USDA's apple and pear breeding program. Its parents are Comice pear and Seckel pear, not a bad pairing.  The Magness pear tree produces medium to large slightly russeted fruit, buttery, rich flesh with honeyed juice, ruddy yellow when ripe, with a highly perfumed flesh of the very best quality. Insect damage seems to be reduced in this variety due to thicker fruit skin. Magness pear is very disease resistant, especially fire blight. The Magness pear tree has an additional bonus trait,  ripens to perfection while hanging on the tree. Sterile pollen so needs a pollinizer. Please refer below for more information on the Magness pear tree for sale. 


Growing Considerations for Magness Pear
Maryland 1960

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Uses: Fresh Eating

Harvest Period: Late

Low Chill: Yes

Bloom Period: Early, Midseason

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Origin Date: 1945 and beyond

Storage: 3 Months or More

Disease Resistance: Excellent

Rootstock: OHxF 87

Years to Bear: 2-5 years

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered (prominent branching)

Size supplied when shipped:   Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2  to 3/4 inch;  *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.

Basic idea for Pruning:  Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...                                                             

Shipping Note:  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.

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Sandra Hollander
3 of 5 Stars
Please read the fine print. Magness is a variety with STERILE pollen. The tree will never pollenize another pear tree so you could end up like I did with two different varieties but not one pear! My mistake, but I am correcting that this year by purchasing a different pear tree. Other than that, the Magness tree itself is very vigorous and has a beautiful form.


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.