Parker Pear Tree Care: How To Grow Parker Pears

Parker Pear Tree Care: How To Grow Parker Pears

By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Parker pears are good all-around fruits. They are excellent fresh, in baked goods, or canned. Pyrus ‘Parker’ is a classic oblong, rusty red pear with superb crunch, juiciness and flavor. Although Parker pear trees are susceptible to fire blight and several insects and other diseases, some tips on how to grow Parker pears can help keep the plant healthy and avoid many of these issues.

What is a Parker Pear?

Introduced in 1934 from the University of Minnesota, this tasty bronze pear is a good pollinator for ‘Luscious.’ It is an open pollinated seedling from a Manchurian pear. Parker pear trees are known for their compact form and hardiness. Plants are suitable for United States Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 8.

The Parker pear is a semi-dwarf tree that may grow 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 m.) tall. The tree is quite showy for several seasons. In spring, the vase-shaped tree produces copious white blooms. The late summer fruit develops a rusty red tone as they become ready. The glossy green leaves become a handsome purplish bronze in fall. Even the bark is attractive with deep furrows as the tree ages.

You may see Pyrus ‘Parker’ growing as an espalier in botanical or expert gardens, but this pear tree is most often simply grown for its delicious fruit.

How to Grow Parker Pears

Plant your Parker pear tree in late winter or early spring. Well-draining, moderately fertile soil in full sun is best for this tree. Soak bare root trees in a bucket of water for 24 hours prior to planting. Fan out roots in a hole that is dug twice as deep and wide as the root system. Water the soil in well after planting.

Parker pear trees need average water and are tolerant of urban population and almost any soil pH, although alkaline soils can cause chlorosis.

The tree will need a pollinating partner of the same species but a different variety in order to form fruit. This partner should be around 25 feet (7.6 m.) from the tree. In correct sites and with good Parker pear tree care, you can expect the tree to live for up to 50 years.

Parker Pear Tree Care

Pears are considered high maintenance trees. Their fruit must be picked just prior to ripeness or fruit drop will create a mess under and around the tree.

Prune the tree in late winter to form a sturdy scaffold and an open center where sun and air can penetrate. You can remove dead or diseased wood at any time of the year. Young plants may require staking to force a vertical leader.

Fertilize trees lightly with nitrogen based fertilizer in early spring. This plant is susceptible to fire blight and several other common diseases and is best suited for warm, western regions.

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A compact and hardy pear, this University of Minnesota introduction produces tasty medium-sized reddish-brown fruit in late summer on an upright and vigorous plant, showy white flowers in spring a great choice for the home orchard

Parker Pear is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces indian red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Parker Pear is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy indian red pears carried in abundance in 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 an upright spreading habit of growth. 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, Parker Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Parker Pear will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


Pyrus ‘Parker’ Growing Conditions – Caring For Parker Pear Trees - garden

A compact and hardy pear, this University of Minnesota introduction produces tasty medium-sized reddish-brown fruit in late summer on an upright and vigorous plant, showy white flowers in spring a great choice for the home orchard

Parker Pear is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces indian red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Parker Pear is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy indian red pears carried in abundance from late summer to 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 an upright spreading habit of growth. 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, Parker Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Parker Pear will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


Pyrus ‘Parker’ Growing Conditions – Caring For Parker Pear Trees - garden

A compact and hardy pear, this University of Minnesota introduction produces tasty medium-sized reddish-brown fruit in late summer on an upright and vigorous plant, showy white flowers in spring a great choice for the home orchard

Parker Pear is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces indian red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Parker Pear is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy indian red pears carried in abundance from late summer to 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 an upright spreading habit of growth. 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, Parker Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Parker Pear will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


Pyrus ‘Parker’ Growing Conditions – Caring For Parker Pear Trees - garden

A compact and hardy pear, this University of Minnesota introduction produces tasty medium-sized reddish-brown fruit in late summer on an upright and vigorous plant, showy white flowers in spring a great choice for the home orchard

Parker Pear is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces indian red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The pears are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Parker Pear is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers with purple anthers along the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy indian red pears carried in abundance from late summer to 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 an upright spreading habit of growth. 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, Parker Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Parker Pear will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


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