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Red Bartlett Pear



Pollinator Required:


Red Bartlett Pear



Characteristics :

canning pear

Mature Height :

7 – 10  feet

Support Required :


Bloom Period :

Mid April

Sun Exposure :

Full Sun

Will Produce Fruit In:

2-4 years


Mid August

Soil Type :

All Types

Zones :

4 – 9

About the Red Bartlett:

The Red Bartlett, known also as 'Max Red', was first discovered as a bud sport on a regular Bartlett tree near Zillah, Washington in 1938.

The yellow Bartlett from which the red originated was first discovered in England and imported to the United States in the early 1800s.


The bud sport that was discovered in Zillah is a naturally occurring transformation that occasionally develops on fruit trees. Often bud sports go unnoticed, and even when discovered, the resulting fruit is not always commercially viable. However, the red Bartlett sports were quite flavorful and marketable.


Aside from Max Red, 'Sensation' is another Red Bartlett cultivar that appeared in 1940 in Australia. Since then, the two strains have been used to propagate many other red pear varieties, and now there are several types of red pears produced in the Northwest.


Red and yellow Bartlett pears are virtually the same except for their color. Because of their flavor and sweetness, red Bartletts are a good, all-around choice for preserves, syrups and chutneys.