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Moonglow pear

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

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
    • Parentage: Roi Charles Wurtemburg x (Bartlett x Comice)
    • Introduced: 1960s
    • Developed by: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture


    • Picking season: Early
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable


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


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

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Moonglow:

    United States


    • The Book of Pears (2015)
      Author: Morgan

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