Pear, Blake's Pride

Pear, Blake's Pride

Pyrus communis 'Blake's Pride'

3/8 - 5/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root

Sourced from NY


Yellow fruit. Fire blight resistance.

  • Description

    Other Names:  Purys communis L.
    Lineage: US 446 x US 505 in 1965 by H.J. Brooks

    Native to: Developed in 1990s at Ohio State University, named after Roland Blake. Selected for fire blight resistance and flavor.

    Flower Color:  White

    Fruit Color: Yellow

    Fruit Size: Medium

    Type: Fresh eating, storage, canning, baking

    Harvest in: About 6 years

    Harvest Window: September

    Mature yield: 50-150#

    Mature height: 10-15 ft

    Mature width: 12’

    Growth Rate: 8-20 inches per year

    Light Requirements: At least 6 hours per day

    Water Requirements: 1 gallon or 1 inch of rainfall per week


    • Year 1: none
    • Years 2-4: ½ cup per year per plant (loose recommendation, please follow label)
    • Years 5+: 1 cup per plant (loose recommendation, please follow label)
    • Fertilizer: 13-13-13 granular applied in Spring
    • Soil pH: 6.0-6.5

    Disease: Moderate resistance to fire blight

    Note: Blake’s Pride has been grafted onto rootstock OHxF 97, a fire blight resistant clonal Rootstock.

  • Resources

    Fireblight resistant pear rootstocks, The Good Fruit Grower.  


    Blake's Pride Pear by R.L. Bell and T. van der Zwet, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Appalachian Fruit Research Station


    Picking and Storing Apples and Pears, OSU Extension