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Seckel pear

One of the earliest known American pears, it remains highly regarded for flavor and its attractive appearance.

Seckel pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Seckel

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

  • USDA watercolor image of Pyrus communis: Seckel

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

Offspring of this variety

Visitor reviews

  • 05 Oct 2018  KANSAS, United States
    Sugar sweet. Dried, it's like eating candy. We got a whole box through Bountiful Baskets, and not one went to waste.
  • 19 Aug 2016  NC, United States
    One of the best eating pears. Everyone should try a sackel pear

Tree register

United States

New Zealand


  • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
  • Originates from: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Introduced: mid 1700s
  • Developed by: Dutch Jacobs
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1945-174


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary
  • Picking period: mid-October
  • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


  • Gardening skill: Beginner
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Other incompatibility: Williams pear group


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Other qualities

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Fire blight: Some resistance

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Seckel pear trees for sale:

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


  • The Book of Pears (2015)
    Author: Morgan

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