Scarlet Pear Tree



  • Product Description
  • Planting & Care
  • Shipping Info
Product Description
Scarlet Soft Pear – One of the Best!

This pear was given to us as a start from permaculture designer Sissy Taylor-Maloy and her husband Noah Maloy. Scarlet is an old soft pear that has been in their family for several generations. The original tree stands on their farm in the community of Fanlew which is sited in Southwest Jefferson County, Florida. Their multi-generation farm is in the middle of what was, formerly the settlement of Delph in the early 1900’s, which later became Fanlew. Delph was a logging town in its heyday, a thriving town with two railroad lines, saw mills and turpentine stills, a boarding house, churches, and many small shanty shacks lining the dirt roads. The people lived hard off the land and the Maloy/Grantham family made a living free ranging cows and hogs, farming, and they ran the local country store. Noah’s family has lived in the area for over 150 years, and the remains of his grandparents’ old homestead (1905) and the little country store they operated are in the middle of Noah and Sissy’s homestead. We’ve tested Scarlet in our orchard and have found it to be one of the very best southern soft pears we’ve run across. The flavor is unique, sweet and spicy, with a honey like aroma. Its texture is very soft and has few grit cells. Fruit ripens mid-August.

Planting & Care

Fruitscaping with Pear Trees

When young, pears are tall green columns. As they mature, the weight of the fruit pulls the branches down, making the tree look like a cascading fountain of fruit. Pears have shiny deep green leaves offering summer shade and are covered with white blossoms in the spring. Mix tall pears with smaller fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, figs and pomegranates. We also like them sprinkled through a wilderness area with dogwoods and crabapples.

Recommended Fertilizers

Growing Guide

View Our Full Pear Trees Planting and Growing Guide

Additional Information

Pruning: By nature, the Pear Tree is tall and columnar when young. The early crops on the third year weigh down the limbs and thus begin the cycle of fruit bearing years. By weighing down or pegging the branches on the first and second years, you can create a strong, earlier bearing pear tree.

Rootstock: Grafted on Calleryana, this rootstock is highly resistant to fireblight. We recommend you avoid all dwarfing rootstocks on pears in the South, as most are very susceptible to fireblight.

Ripening Fruit: For absolutely buttery soft pears, pick your fruit early, when the ground color (not blush) is just starting to lighten from green to yellow. Place fruit in a paper bag to finish ripening for a couple of days.

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants outside of the United States, or to the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, citrus trees cannot be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Unpacking Your Plants Guide:  Prior to receiving our plants, please click this link to read our Unpacking Your Plants Guide to get to know the steps to keeping your plant healthy after receiving it.

We do NOT ship bare root:  Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit.  It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!

Why do we not offer free shipping? At Just Fruits, we price all of our plants online exactly as we do in the nursery. Therefore, the shipping cost is simply what it costs for us to get your order from the nursery to you. Many competitors may increase the plants’ prices in order to hide shipping costs… we do not do that. We want our customers to see exactly what the plant costs are, separate from what the shipping costs are. That way if you decided to come visit the nursery to pick up your plants instead, you would know how much you save in shipping.

Weather Watching:  We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until it’s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.

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