Blake’s Pride pear tree is a mid-season fire blight resistant pear variety. Introduced in 1998 by R.L. Bell and T. van der Zwet at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Kearnysville, WV and R.C. Blake, USDA/ARS, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Wooster, OH. Named in memory of Roland C. Blake. It is a cross between US446 and US505.The fruit has moderate size with yellow skin.
The fruit matures one week after Bartlett. Stores three months in common storage. The fruit is juicy and aromatic. The tree is upright-spreading and has moderate vigor. The yield is moderate to high. Fruit borne on both spurs and terminal blossoms of lateral shoots. Blake’s Pride shows moderate field resistance to pear scab but it is susceptible to powdery mildew and Fabraea leaf spot. Blooms 1-4 days before Bartlett. Blake’s Pride is self-incompatible, but Bartlett, Bosc, Harrow Delight are suitable pollinizers.
Hardiness zones: 5-8
Estimated Chilling Requirement: 800 hours below 45°F