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Seckel pear

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

USDA identification images for Seckel

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

  • Year: 1910

  • Year: 1910

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

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
  • Introduced: mid 1700s
  • Developed by: Dutch Jacobs


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Food uses: Eating fresh
  • Food uses: Culinary


  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Other incompatibility: Williams pear group
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Regular


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Red / Green

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  • The Book of Pears (2015)
    Author: Morgan

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