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Monterrey Pear

Pyrus communis 'Monterrey'

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Monterrey Pear (Pyrus communis 'Monterrey') at Rainbow Gardens

Monterrey Pear fruit

Monterrey Pear fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Common Pear

Description:

A vigorous tree, producing large, apple shaped, yellow-green pears in late summer; very showy white flowers in spring, with an upright oval habit, very ornamental; needs a pollinator, fallen fruit can be messy, can be susceptible to fireblight

Edible Qualities

Monterrey Pear is a medium-sized tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large light green round pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with a yellow blush and white flesh which are usually ready for picking in late summer. The pears have a sweet taste and a soft texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Canning

Features & Attributes

Monterrey Pear is bathed in stunning clusters of white flowers along the branches in early spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of orange, red and coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruits are showy light green pears with a yellow blush, which are carried in abundance from mid to late summer. 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 shapely oval 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;

  • Messy
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Monterrey Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Monterrey 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 is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.