Is a Moonglow Pear Tree Self-Pollinating?

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Is a Moonglow Pear Tree Self-Pollinating?
Moonglow pear blossoms must be pollinated by other pear species. (Image by, courtesy of Andy / Andrew Fogg)

The Moonglow pear tree produces fruit very similar to the popular Bartlett pear. Grown throughout much of the United States, this tree is suitable for a small home orchard.

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The Moonglow is a vigorous, healthy species of pear tree. Its fruit is large and nearly free from grit cells, making this pear ideal for eating.

Pollination Types

Pear trees come in two types: self pollinating and cross pollinating. The Moonglow is a cross pollinating breed, meaning it must be planted with a suitable cultivar tree to bear fruit.

Cross Pollination

Cross pollination occurs when two compatible trees are planted in the same orchard. Compatible trees bloom at the same time, allowing them to pollinate each other.


Autumn and spring frosts can damage new buds, causing trees to produce less fruit. Mild weather may cause Moonglow pear trees to produce more fruit than they can support. The trees will then drop excess, non-mature fruit.

Recommended Cultivars

Moonglows are compatible with Seckle pears. Other acceptable cultivars include Dawn, Waite, Mangess and Starkling Delicious pear trees.

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