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.

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.


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

    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
  • A small but exceptionally sweet red American pear from the 18th century.

    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group4