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Maxine pear tree

Pyrus communis 'Maxine'

Starking Delicious
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Maxine is an attractive yellow / green pear, often covered with an attractive light russet.

The pears ripen towards the end of August - a bit later than Bartlett - and have a juicy flesh and excellent flavor.

Its productivity, disease-resistance, and good storage make Maxine a good choice for the home orchardist.

Maxine pear trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Maxine is easy to grow, and has good resistance to fire blight.

It has a tendency to over-set fruitlets and it is important to thin the fruitlets quite aggressively in late May, to ensure the remaining ones reach a good size and flavor at maturity.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Maxine has an interesting history. The original tree was found as a seedling pear tree in Preble County, OH. It was named and commercialized by E.M. Buechly around 1900.

In 1930 Marvin Cook of Tipp County, OH discovered a seedling pear tree which was subsequently released in 1953 by the famous Stark Brothers nursery as Starking Delicious.

The similarities between these two varieties are such that they are now considered to be identical.

Maxine characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorGreen / YellowRussetYellow