Williams bon Chretien Pear trees


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Williams bon Chretien Pear trees
Hardly needing introduction as the most universally grown pear.

The fruits ripen to a pale yellow, from late September and have a perfect aromatic, perfumed sweet and honeyed flavour that always captivates.

Does well in most areas.

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Often credited as being the most universally grown pear. A tree of medium growth, freely cropping & hardy. Is partly self fertile but does benefit from a pollinator. Amazingly, despite the name, this is actually an English raised Pear which has it’s origins in Berkshire in the 1800’s.

Williams Bon Chretien Pear Tree – season

Mid-late September harvest as soon as ripe straight from the tree.

Williams bon Chretien Pear – appearance

Medium sized, classic Pear shape, pale green-yellow with only the very occasional pink flush or stripe.


Unmistakeably scented with a wonderful aroma and the perfect balanace of sweetness and acidity. At it’s best unbeatable. Also suits cooking applications such as flans and tarts.

Williams Bon Chretien Pear – Pollination

This variety belongs in ‘C’ pollination group & will pollinate readily with varieties in the same or adjacent groups. Here are some suggested varieties:


Beurre Hardy



Improved Fertility

Tree sizes for Williams Bon Chretien 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.

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