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Seckel Pear

Pyrus communis ‘cv.’
Thomas Jefferson planted a 'Seckel Pear' at Monticello in 1807, and said that this variety "exceeded anything I have tasted since I left France, and equalled any pear I had seen there." A.J. Downing, America's foremost nineteenth-centurey pomologist, agreed, saying "We do not hesitate to pronounce this American pear the richest and most exquisitely flavored variety known. In its highly concentrated, spicy and honied flavor, it is not equalled by any European variety. When we add that the tree is the healthiest and hardiest of all pear trees, it is easy to see that we consider no garden complete without it. It is believed to have originated on a farm outside of Philadelphia.The fruit of the Seckel Pear ripens in early fall, with its skin turning to dull yellowish-brown with a russet red cheek. Its flesh is whitish, buttery, very juicy and melting, with a spicy flavor and aroma.
Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 1 to 2002 Apr 232003 Mar 31 to 2003 Apr 182004 Apr 7 to 2004 May 242006 Apr 13 to 2006 Apr 282007 Mar 28 to 2007 Apr 252008 Apr 4 to 2008 Apr 252017 Feb 23 to 2017 Apr 3
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