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Pear 'Red Bartlett' Semi-Dwarf

Pyrus communis

Interesting Flower Provides edible fruit

Characteristics:
*Important* Fruit trees, in general, have unique maintenance needs in terms of pruning, harvesting, and pest and disease management. Visit portlandfruit.org or homeorchardsociety.org for more fruit tree care info.

Growing Conditions:
Needs full sun and plenty of water.

Uses:
Edible fruit. Like the Yellow Bartlett pear, the Red Bartlett is a unique pear in that its skin color brightens as it ripens, while other varieties of pears show little color change as they ripen. Tthe Red Bartlett ripens from a dark red to a brilliant red as it becomes sweeter and juicier during the ripening process. Remember, all pears ripen at room temperature! Only refrigerate your pears if you want to slow the ripening process.

Height:
15' at maturity

Width:
at maturity

Shape:
Broadly columnar

Flowers:
Five-petalled, white flowers up to 1-1/2

Leaves:
Glossy, deep green to 4

Bark:
Dark gray cracking into small, blocky plates with age.

Vigorous, upright, reliably productive. Late flowering but early fruiting (early autumn). The Red Bartlett, known also as 'Max Red', was first discovered as a bud sport on a standard Yellow Bartlett tree near Zillah, Washington in 1938. A "bud sport" is a rare, naturally occurring transformation that develops spontaneously on fruit trees. The Red Bartlett pear was then cultivated by pear growers, resulting in the large crop we enjoy today. The Red Bartlett pear carries a true pyriform "pear shape;" a rounded bell on the bottom half of the fruit, then a definitive shoulder with a smaller neck or stem end. Just as Yellow Bartletts change color while ripening, so do Red Bartletts; changing from a dark red often with light vertical striping to become a beautiful bright red. As they ripen, Red Bartletts offer differing flavors and textures, starting crunchy and tart when underripe, and finishing super sweet and juicy when fully ripened.