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Red Sensation Bartlett Pear fruit
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Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Sensation Red Bartlett, Common Pear
A red-skinned sport of Bartlett pear, producing excellent quality bright red fruit with sweet white, crisp flesh; very showy white flowers in spring and a rounded habit; fallen fruit can be messy; may be susceptible to fireblight
Red Sensation Bartlett Pear is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces red oblong pears (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking in early fall. The pears have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The pears are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Red Sensation Bartlett Pear is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers along the branches in early spring. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The fruits are showy red pears carried in abundance in 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 a more or less rounded form. 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, Red Sensation Bartlett Pear is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Red Sensation Bartlett Pear will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 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. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.
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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.