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Clapp Favorite pear

An attractive and well-known 19th century American pear. It ripens early season, and does not keep.

Clapp Favorite identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Clapp's Favourite pear
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Visitor reviews

  • 06 Jan 2020  c Coleman,  CAMBS, United Kingdom
    My family inherited this pear tree when we moved to a small holding near Wisbech in the UK. This year I had the tree DNA and found it is a Clapps Favourite a variety I had not heard of. It was planted about 1910 in an orchard containing conference, william and comice pears. Amazing how it got here! It suffers badly from black spot, has split and needs strapping otherwise crops profusely every year. Big tree.
  • 27 Aug 2018  Doris,  MO, United States
    My parents had a tree and they were wonderful tasting pears, but as stated they needed to be picked early or they would rot from the inside. The tree was in Manchester, MI. I currently live in Nixa, MO. Thank you for your site, as I’ve been having difficulty remembering the name. Doris
  • 22 Nov 2017  j t Miles,  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
    This is a wonderful pear, but for just a few days each season. It is a large, good looking, yellow pear, with an orange blush when ripe. It will ripen very well on the tree, and unlike many pears, does not improve with storage. Flavor and mouth feel are a delight when it is properly ripe, but a perfect pear turns to a bad tasting mushy pear in just a few days. It is best with 2 pickings, and is good for home garden use. If sold at a stand, it should be to educated customers. People who know about it ask for it, because it can't be found in stores, and it can be a reason that folks come to your stand. I have not had a fireblight problem, but have heard that it can be a problem.

Tree register

United States


  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Originates from: Dorchester, MA, United States
  • Introduced: 1860
  • Developed by: Thaddeus Clapp
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2034
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1975-319


  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour style: Sweeter


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899


  • Scab  - Very susceptible
  • Fireblight  - Very susceptible

Where to buy fresh fruit

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  • The Book of Pears (2015)
    Author: Morgan
  • The Fruit Manual
    Author: Hogg

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