Pyrus communisWinter. Seedling pear from Belgium, early 19th c. Brought to the U.S. from England in 1823.
Medium-sized short roundish-conic-pyriform shape. Cinnamon-colored russet almost fully covers the thick green skin, turning yellow when fully ripe. The flesh is fine textured, flavorful, juicy, sweet and aromatic. Fruit can remain on the tree through leaf fall in late autumn. High-yielding tree is covered in spring blossoms. Highly regarded as a late-season storage pear by Victorian gardeners, and achieving popularity in the mid-20th c. as an export crop from warmer markets in California, Australia and New Zealand. 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 2024, European Pears and Perry Pears are on OHxF97 or a similar rootstock.