Cordon Pear trees are a good choice for restricted areas and a fence or wall. They can be grown at a 45degree angle, or upright. The rootstock we use for our cordon Merton Pride is Quince C which is the best stock for cordon trees. Plant 60-80cm’s apart.
Merton Pride is a more recent variety but one which has been compared to a Doyenne duComice only a better performer. The large quality fruits are borne on a vigorous tree that was English raised and held in high esteem by professionals.
Merton Pride Pear Tree – season
Ready for picking late September and use through November.
Merton Pride Pear – appearance
Large, pear shaped, pale green throughout with a slight russet.
Very fleshy, tender, dripping with juice and with an intense yet sweet pear-drop flavour that makes the mouth water.
Merton Pride Pear – Pollination
A triploid so needs 2 other trees to crop well. Here is a list of suggested varieties:
Williams bon Chretien
Tree sizes for Merton Pride 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.