Clapp’s Favorite European Pear Tree (Pyrus communis ‘Clapp’s Favorite’)

Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree

  • Medium-Large Red Blushed Golden Fruit
  • Soft & Juicy Ivory-White Flesh
  • Ample Juice, Dessert, Cooking, Preserves & Great Fresh Eating Pear
  • Fragrant White Petalled Blooms
  • Pollinators Galore
  • Extremely Ornamental & 4-Season Interest
  • Handsome Glossy Green Foliage
  • Matures Early
  • Bartlett, Bosc & Seckel for Cross-Pollination
  • Red, Purple & Golden Fall Color
  • Disease Resistant
  • Antique Variety
  • 600-800 Chill Hours

Clapp’s Favorite European Pear (Pyrus communis ‘Clapp’s Favorite’) has been cultivated originally in Massachusetts since the 1860s and has been a favorite pear tree ever since! This lovely variety is one your grandfather and grandmother might have grown both because it is one of the finest pears straight from the tree, plus it is one of the earliest to take to market!

Large red oval fruit with hints of gold adorn your Clapp’s Favorite European Pear tree come harvest time. The fruit is not only beautiful, but its soft, ivory-colored flesh is full of typical pear flavor and juice that overflows and runs down your chin with each bite.

You’ll love the fragrant white flowers, highlighted with green and gold centers that will greet you during the spring bloom, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, to your garden.

This Pear variety is shapely and produces nice, glossy green foliage to enhance the beauty of your yard.

Hopefully, you’ve been watching your calories lately! Because once you order your Clapp’s Favorite European Pear, you better be ready to eat! Bacon and pear salad, butterscotch pears, pear pancakes, along with dozens of other recipes are waiting for you and your Clapp’s Favorite European Pears.

The handsome green foliage adds verdant presence all summer plus provides a fantastic backdrop for the rosy golden gems in mid-summer. The leaves then turn into a lovely red and purple autumn display to round out the 4 seasons of beauty this tree lends the landscape.

How to Use Clapp’s Favorite European Pear Tree In The Landscape

Smaller sized means Clapp’s is easier to tuck into existing landscapes and orchards of all sizes. Because it requires a pollinator, it makes planting two trees easier as well. No room for a second tree? Head over to our Garden Blog to learn about this high-density planting trick!

The gorgeous blooms and handsome foliage makes Clapp’s a fantastic ornamental flowering tree that also provides fruit! Swap out that one-trick pony of a flowering pear for a dual-purpose tree!

Great in hedgerows for privacy and screening, these modest-sized trees also provide pin-point shade over your seating areas, patio and garden beds.

Besides eating Clapp’s Favorite European Pears straight from the tree, try it roasted or poached, in cobblers, crisps or pies, canned or dried! But you better be ready to use your crop quickly because this variety does not like to sit for long.

So you will be able to enjoy the blooms in the spring, the fruit in the summer, and canned and dried pears the rest of the year. Winter brings impressive branching structure, especially when dusted in a layer of snow!

Tips For Care

The Clapp’s Favorite European Pear is both strong and vigorous and will give you a good crop year after year!

Clapp’s loves full sun above and well-drained soil, enriched with fertile loam. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.

This variety has average water needs, so keep it damp but not wet. Provide ample water for your young tree while it becomes established, not allowing it to dry out between waterings.

Situate in an area that is protected from frost pockets and with good air circulation. Prune to keep an open canopy so that both sunlight and airflow reach the interior.

Clapp’s Favorite European Pear Tree (Pyrus communis ‘Clapp’s Favorite’) Details

Common name Clapp's Favorite European Pear Tree
Botanical name Pyrus communis 'Clapp's Favorite'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3-5 Years
Height 20 - 30 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Average Moisture
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White