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Pyrus communis Williams Bon Chrétien

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Pear Williams' Bon Chrétien

Historic variety - a great all rounder

One of the earliest Pears to ripen in late August and September, with a rich musky flavour. The fruits can be picked while still yellow and ripened indoors or left on the tree. Delicious.

Where?

Happiest grown in sun or part shade and moist, rich soil.

How?

Enrich the soil before planting by adding organic matter - home-made garden compost or well rotted manure are fine for this. Water your tree occasionally until established. To get a crop of pears there needs to be another pear tree nearby which flowers around the same time, to act as a pollinator. This variety is in flowering group 3, so will need a neighbour from flowering group 2, 3 or 4.

This old variety was introduced in 1770 and is still popular today.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting September - November
Cropping November - November

Check store availability

10 litre pot £29.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From January to December