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Bartlett pear

Bartlett is one of the most widely-grown pear varieties, but confusingly is usually known as Williams or Williams Bon Chretien in Europe.  The dual names reflect its fascinating history.  It was discovered in the town of Aldermaston, England, in the 18th century, and came to the attention of a nurseryman, Mr Williams of Turnham Green - who recognised the variety had great potential and named it after himself. Samples were soon sent to the USA where, unlike many European pears of the era, it appeared very well suited to the climate and quickly became an important commercial variety.  However the variety name became lost so a Boston nurseryman who was involved in propagating it, Bartlett, named it after himself.

Bartlett / Williams is not only very widely-grown, but has been involved in many breeding programmes and a huge number of subsequent varieties can claim it as an ancestor.

Last updated 15 Oct 2015.

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Bartlett, also widely known as Williams Bon Chretien, is one of the most widely-grown of all pear varieties.

Bartlett phototape


  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Originates from: Aldermaston, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1770
  • Developed by: Mr Wheeler or Mr Stair
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2024
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2001-099


  • Harvest period: Early season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Other incompatibility group: Williams pear group


  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Offspring of this variety:

Also known as

  • Williams

References and further reading about this variety

  • Scab factories  2012
    Author: Adrian Baggely

  • The Book of Pears (2015)
    Author: Morgan

Bartlett identification photos from website visitors

Bartlett pear
Bartlett pear

Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Bartlett trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United States

United Kingdom


Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Albany in CASTLETON, United States
  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Brenda in MARION, United States

2013 season

  • 5th May  2013  - tree owned by Albany in CASTLETON, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 1st week September  2013  - tree owned by Brenda in MARION, United States

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