Max Red Bartlett Pear
Pyrus communis 'Max Red Bartlett'
Max Red Bartlett Pear fruit
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Height: 30 feet
Spread: 30 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Max-Red, Max Red Williams, Common Pear
This interesting variety produces extraordinary deep-red fruit in early fall; very showy white flowers in spring and an upright rounded habit, very ornamental; needs a pollinator, fallen fruit can be messy, can be susceptible to fireblight
Max Red Bartlett Pear is a medium-sized tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces dark red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with hints of yellow and white flesh which are usually ready for picking in early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a firm texture.
The pears are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Max Red Bartlett Pear is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers along the branches in early spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy dark red pears with hints of yellow, which are carried in abundance in early fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.
This is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Max Red Bartlett Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Max Red Bartlett Pear will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.