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PlantFiles: Common Pear, European Pear
Pyrus communis 'Starking Delicious'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyrus (PY-russ) (Info)
Species: communis (KOM-yoo-nis) (Info)
Cultivar: Starking Delicious

Category:
Edible Fruits and Nuts
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive BBrandon77 On Nov 20, 2013, BBrandon77 from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A number of sources confirm that the actual cultivar name of this pear is 'Maxine'. It is NOT 'Cook'.

Neutral sladeofsky On Sep 7, 2008, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Starking Delisious is the copyrighted name used by Stark Brothers Nursery. 'Cook' is the standard name of the cultivar.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Taylorsville, Kentucky
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee



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