Beurre Bosc is high quality and versatile pear, excellent for eating fresh, but also useful in the kitchen. It is notable for its classic buttery firm white flesh, rich flavor, and golden skin.
Bosc has been widely-grown in the USA since the early 19th century, and could almost be considered an American heirloom variety, although it originates from France.
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Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.
Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.
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Beurre Bosc is in flowering group 5. Beurre Bosc is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.
Beurre Bosc is a fairly vigorous tree, somewhat susceptible to disease (fireblight, scab, and canker) but nevertheless usually a reliable and heavy cropper.
Beurre Bosc is also a good pollenizer for Bartlett (Williams), Comice and other mid/late blooming pears. Its relatively late blooming period means it is useful in areas prone to frosts.
Beurre Bosc originated in France, at the start of the 19th century. English fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg, writing at the end of the 19th century, believed it was discovered as a seedling growing near Apremont, a town in the region of Dijon in eastern France. It was probably named after either M. Bosc, the Director of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, or L. Bosc, a French horticulturalist. Confusingly there is a second variety also called Bosc (sometimes Calebasse Bosc) which was found in Linkebeeke in Belgium at around the same time, but this seems to have been of lesser quality and is no longer in use.
The French variety was brought to the USA early in the 19th century, and was found to be well-suited to the climates of New England and the Pacific North West where it is still grown commercially.
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