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Moonglow pear

An early attempt to a develop a fireblight-resistant pear. Good flavors from its excellent European pear pedigree.

Moonglow pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Moonglow

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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    United States

    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • August  2018  - tree owned by Sara in Saint Rose, United States


    • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
    • Parentage: Roi Charles Wurtemburg x (Bartlett x Comice)
    • Originates from: Beltsville, Maryland, United States
    • Introduced: 1960s
    • Developed by: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1961-035


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking period: mid-August
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Fire blight: Very resistant

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Moonglow pear trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Moonglow:

    United States


    • The Book of Pears (2015)
      Author: Morgan

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