Perry pear trees

Perry is a traditional drink made from fermented pear juice, and in recent years has enjoyed a resurgence in interest, along with its cousin cider. Perry is now sometimes called pear cider and although this is incorrect, the term seems to have made it more accessible to consumers.

Perry pears are closely related to mainstream pears, and will cross-polinate with them, and both are classified in the species Pyrus communis. However it is likely that perry pears are a distinct sub-species.

If grown on seedling rootstocks perry pears can be very long-lived, as well as growing to a considerable height and spread.


  • A mid-season English perry pear which produces a low-tannin juice.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
  • A well-known English perry pear variety, and a reliable cropper. Makes a light, low-tannin perry.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillSuitable for beginners
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3
  • A popular English perry pear. Produces a good quality low-tannin / medium-acid perry.

    • UsesHard cider
    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Pollination group3