Commonly known as Pyrus

SYMBOL of immortality for the ancient Chinese (a tree can live for 250 years) the domestic pear has been grown in the UK since 995, with a noticeable French connection.

The ingredient of perry and a good source of dietary fibre.

The wood is favoured by makers of high quality woodwind instruments and for woodblocks for printing. It resists warping and does not contaminate food so is used for cooking utensils.

Pears are found from western Europe and northern Africa and eastwards across Asia, probably originating in western China. There are about 20 widely recognised primary species and possibly over 3000 varieties.

The rare Plymouth pear (P. cordata), found in 1870, is limited to Plymouth and Truro. It is also found in areas of Brittany and northwestern Spain and Portugal. It is not certain that this is an ancient inhabitant but as a scarce and unique genetic resource it could be valuable for hybridisation.

  • Deciduous
  • Tree
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Cultivated from ancient times. Cultivated pears originate from the wild subspecies P. communis subsp. pyraster and P. communis subsp. caucasica.
    Place of origin
    Europe, western and eastern Asia, northern Africa.

Buy Varieties of PEARS

PEARS 'Conference'

PEARS 'Conference'

Dessert pear, Pyrus communis subsp. communis

large rusty greenish-yellow dessert pear, self pollinating

£60.00 each 
PEARS 'Doyenne du Comice'

PEARS 'Doyenne du Comice'

Dessert pear

large yellow-brown dessert fruit in late season, partly self pollinating

£60.00 each 

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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