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Honeysweet pear tree

Honeysweet is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
Honeysweet is a self-fertile small late-season sweet pear, with buttery flesh, related to Seckel.

Honeysweet pear trees for sale

  • Large 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Out of stock
    Sorry we have sold out for this season

Honeysweet is a self-fertile small late-season sweet pear, with buttery flesh, related to Seckel.

Unusually amongst pears Honeysweet is reliably self-fertile - it will set fruit without another different compatible pear tree nearby, although cropping will be improved with a compatible partner.

How to grow

Honeysweet is a good choice for a backyard pear tree, being both self-fertile and having some resistance to fireblight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Honeysweet was developed in the 1950s and 1960s in a collaboration between Rutgers and Purdue Universities. It is closely related to Seckel, and inherits that variety's small size and excellent flavor.

Honeysweet is also a parent of the popular Ambrosia pear also released by Purdue University.

Honeysweet characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorGreenRusset
  • Fruit sizeSmall

Similar varieties

  • Seckel
    The definitive American heirloom pear, found near Philadelphia in the 1760s. Fruits are small but have a rich sweet aromatic flavor.