Pyrus communis, 4-6 ft diameter at sale, sourced from Washington.
Also known as “sugar pears,” Seckel pears are very small and sweet. Their skin is olive green with a dark maroon blush that sometimes covers the entire surface of the pear. The trees are tough, hardy, and require little pruning. They can be kept to 15 ft tall, but will want to grow to 25 ft or more. Seckel pears are an old variety that was originally found as a chance seedling by Mr. Seckel in the 1760s outside Philadelphia. Seckels are excellent for fresh eating, and their firm flesh also makes them good for cooking or canning. Moderate resistance to fire blight. Keeps well, often into late December.