Harrow Delight pear tree
Pyrus communis 'Harrow Delight'
Harrow Delight is an early-season Bartlett-style pear with a sweet flavor and good disease-resistance.
Harrow Delight pear trees for sale
Large 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
Harrow Delight is an early season disease-resistant Bartlett-style pear. It usually has an attractive orange flush, and buttery melting flesh.
How to grow
Harrow Delight is cold-hardy to zone 4.
Harrow Delight is a very productive variety, and will tend to over-produce. It is therefore important to thin the fruitlets in late May / early June, this improves fruit size and flavor, and stops the tree lapsing into bearing only in alternate years.
It is not self-fertile, but will readily cross-pollinate with many other mid-bloom pear varieties, including Bartlett.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Harrow Delight (also known as AC Harrow Delight) was developed in the 1970s at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station in Harrow, Ontario. The main focus of this program was disease-resistance, especially fireblight resistance.
Harrow Delight characteristics
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonEarly
- UsesEating fresh
- Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
- General resistanceGood
- FireblightVery resistant
- ScabVery resistant
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originCanada
- Period of origin1950 - 1999
- Flesh colourCream
- Fruit colorGreen - lightOrange flush
- Fruit sizeAverage
A disease-resistant heavy-cropping late-season pear with an excellent sweet flavor for eating fresh.