This tree is grown on dwarf Quince C stock which is compact and makes the smallest Pear tree of all. Trees can be maintained at around 180cm’s in height with a similar spread, perhaps a little less if contained in a 20” pot. The trees are easy to manage and easy to harvest!
Josephine is, at first glance not a variety to excite the imagination, being a small weakly tree with small, unnassuming fruits. But the delectable flavour and very late season hint at treasured to be discovered. Belgium raised, in 1830. Best in good soil and a protected position.
Josephine de Malines Pear Tree – season
Harvest late, at the end of October. Will keep in store until March at least and seems to get better and better.
Josephine de Malines Pear – appearance
The fruits are circular to conical, pale green with some russet patches, yellowing when fully ripe.
One of the best-tasting of all Pears with a sumptuous yielding juicy green-white flesh and a deep, intense mouthwatering flavour.
Josephine de Malines Pear – Pollination
This variety belongs to the ‘B’ pollination group so will partner well with others in the same or adjacent groups.Here are some suggested varieties:
Tree sizes for Josephine de Malines 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.