Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Pear trees

We have an extensive range of pear trees and can advise on choosing the best pear trees for your garden or orchard project.

Beurre Bosc pear tree
Late-season  (5)  
Eat | Cook  |  In stock

A traditional French pear with buttery melting flesh. compare
Doyenne du Comice pear tree
Late-season  (4)  
Eat  |  Sold out

Doyenne du Comice is arguably the best flavored of all pears. compare

Late-season  (3)  SF  
Eat  |  In stock

An old-fashioned European pear, noted for its excellent flavor and cold-hardiness. compare
Fondante d'Automne pear tree
Late-season  (4)  
Eat  |  Sold out

An old fashioned French pear with a notably sweet flavor. compare
Moonglow pear tree
Early-season  (3)  
Eat | Cook  |  Sold out

A high quality early season dessert and culinary pear, very resistant to fireblight. compare

Early-season  (3)  
Eat  |  In stock

An attractive red-flushed early-season American pear. compare
Seckel pear tree
Late-season  (4)  
Eat | Cook  |  In stock

A small but exceptionally sweet red American pear from the 18th century. compare
Williams pear tree
Early-season  (3)  
Eat  |  Sold out

Williams is a classic English pear, also known as Bartlett, with good flavor and quite easy to grow. compare



More about Pear trees

Pears are related to apples, and most of the horticultural requirements and challenges of apples apply also to growing pear trees. However pear trees are a bit more demanding than apple trees - they prefer slightly warmer conditions and are a bit less tolerant of soil and situation, and crop yields are lower.

On the plus side, pear trees are less susceptible to the various pests and diseases commonly experienced with apples.

When it comes to flavour, pears have an aura of exclusivity which you don't tend to find in apples.

Although there are some culinary pear varieties, all the ones we offer are dessert pears - good for eating fresh, but also useful for culinary purposes too.

Pears are fundamentally self-sterile so will require a pollination partner, in other words a compatible pear tree of a different variety growing nearby. Even the varieties we list as self-fertile will be far more productive with a pollination partner. Conference is probably the only pear variety that is reliably self-fertile.

Most European and Asian pears are genetically compatible, but most Asian pears flower ahead of European ones so in practice cross-pollination is not usually reliable.