Yellow Huffcap perry pear trees

Yellow Huffcap

Yellow Huffcap is considered by some to be the original Huffcap perry pear.

Huffcap is an old English term used to describe any kind of strong drink, and has been applied to several perry pear varieties. However it may also be a term for varieties which have the distinctive elliptical shape characteristic of this variety.

Yellow Huffcap perry pear trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Yellow Huffcap perry pear trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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How to grow

Unlike most perry varieties, Yellow Huffcap pears will hang on the tree and become over-ripe, so must either be picked or shaken to the ground.

Yellow Huffcap is heavy-cropping but has a tendency to lapse into biennial bearing. Thin the fruitlets in June to prevent this.

Historical details

Herefordshire, England - 18th century.

Yellow Huffcap characteristics


  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Juice style: Sharp (cider)


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Longevity: Long-lived


  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Scab: Some resistance


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom