This is quite an old variety, originating in France in 1820 or 1830. It is a remkably good grower, vigorous and productive and, briefly, popular commercially. Hardy and easy to grow.
Beurre Hardy Pear Tree – season
Early-mid October, for use throughout that month
Beurre Hardy Pear – appearance
Medium to large, blocky, dull olive greenish with a faint yellow flush and occassional russet patches. Flesh is cream.
Very good; yielding cream flesh with a tinge of green, supremely juicy and buttery in texture.
Beurre Hardy Pear – Pollination
Beurre Hardy is in ‘B’ pollination group so partner with any varieties in the same or adjacent groups. Here are some suggested varieties:
Williams Bon Chretien
Tree sizes for Beurre Hardy Pear trees:
Quince C rootstock
Is the most compact stock generally used for Pears. It can be maintained at an easily harvested 180-260cm’s and can be planted around 150-180cm’s apart. Quince ‘C’ is easily the most satisfactory rootstock for garden use and can even be incorporated into a large – say 24” – container and kept on the patio. Such trees may be restricted below the 180cm mark.
Quince A rootstock
Is more vigorous than Quince ‘C’ and is ideal for orchard planting, grassy area’s and the larger border. It will grow to 250-350cm’s and should be planted not less than 250cm’s apart. A heavy cropping tree suitable for most good soils and situations.