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:
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.