Pyrus communisLate Summer. Seedling found in Aldermaston, England. Introduced to the U.S. in the late 1700s. Also known as Williams’ Bon Chrétien.
The most widely planted and well known of all pears in U.S. commercial production. Adaptable to many climates and soils. Large greenish-yellow classic oblong pear-shaped fruit; very good quality. Full reliable annual crops. Might be iffy north of Bangor.
Large vigorous easy-to-grow long-lived tree bears young. Susceptible to fireblight. Good pollinator for Asian Pears. Z4. Maine Grown. (2½-6' bare-root trees)
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Although some pears appear to be self-pollinating, we recommend a second variety for pollination. Bloom dates for all varieties are similar. Plant 15–20' apart.
For 2023, European Pears and Perry Pears are on OHxF97 or a similar rootstock, and Asian Pears are on OHxF97 or Pyrus betulaefolia rootstock.
These rootstocks are subject to change based on availability and we are unable to accommodate pear rootstock requests.