Beurre Clairgeau Pear Scionwood


Beurre Clairgeau Pear Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Mid-Late Fall. Pierre Clairgeau intro, Nantes, France, circa 1830.

Large Bartlett-shaped yellow fruit with a beautiful red blush sprinkled with russet. At its best, the fruit is richly flavored, melting, buttery, juicy, sweet and aromatic. Brought to the U.S. around 1854, Clairgeau found its niche for canning and other cooking.

The trees are beautiful, vigorous, unusually upright, healthy, very productive, bearing young and annually. Quickly spread throughout New York and New England up into Maine, becoming a mainstay of American pear growing at that time. Now mostly forgotten—we’re pleased to have it back. Z4.

922 Beurre Clairgeau
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L 922 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 922 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:

  • By the stick: One 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees.
  • By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood