Catillac is a very old variety known since the 1600’s. A cooking variety, and widely regarded as the best culinary Pear to grow. The growth is vigorous, hardy and productive.
Catillac Pear Tree – season
Harvest in October but not suitable for use until January.
Catillac Pear – appearance
Quite beautiful, large, clasically shaped olive green becoming yellowish with a lovely pink blush.
When cooked slowly turns to a beautiful dense pink puree scented of pear drops. Also suitable for baking, chutneys, flans and tarts etc.
Catillac Pear – Pollination
Catillac is a triploid variety so needs two other Pear trees to crop well. Here are some suggested varieties:
Williams Bon Chretien
Tree sizes for Catillac 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.