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Potomac pear tree

Potomac is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Potomac is a modern late-season dessert pear, with good fireblight resistance. The flavour is good, being somewhat similar to the old French variety Beurre d'Anjou which is one of its parents.

It ripens around 2-3 weeks after Bartlett, and the pears can be kept in a fridge for a couple of months.

Potomac pear trees for sale

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  • Semi-standard 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    Semi-vigorous rootstock

How to grow

Potomac was developed specifically for fireblight resistance.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Potomac is a cross between Moonglow, a modern disease-resistant pear, and Beurre d'Anjou, a traditional French variety. It was introduced in the 1990s.

Potomac characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorGreen / Red