The Pear tree is another one of those ornamental landscape style trees, in fact the fruitless Bradford Pear is grown in my a front yard all throughout the country. Why anyone who grow a fruitless pear tree is beyond me.
Pear trees will produce fruit in much of the country, most thrive in zones 5-8 with some Asian Pear varieties expanding that zone a bit more. Be sure to include at least 2 cultivars for best pollination and fruit yield.
Pears can be eaten fresh off the tree, stored for some time, or made into Perry (the pear version of hard cider). When deciding which pears to plant you will notice 2 distinct options, a European versus a Asian pear. They have great differences in fruit shape and both can taste delicious. If you are anything like me you will plant of few cultivars of each style!