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Black Worcester



An ancient and historic pear with very dark skin. One of the best traditional cooking pears.

Origin: Worcestershire UK, 1575

Pollination: Black Worcester is a self-sterile triploid and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Black Worcester pear trees for sale

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

FormRootstockPriceQuantity
MaidenQuince CDwarfing £24.50
MaidenQuince ASemi-dwarfing £24.50
MaidenOHxF87Semi-vigorous £24.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

History and description of Black Worcester

Black Worcester pear is a very old variety of uncertain origin possibly dating back to Roman times. It is known to have grown in Worcester, UK before 1575 when Queen Elizabeth I saw it at Whystone Farm. It appears on the coat of arms of the city of Worcester.

Large, oval to pyriform fruit. Dull green skin almost entirely covered with a reddish brown russet. Often has a purple flush which gives the fruit a black appearance and hence the name. Pale yellow, hard, gritty flesh with little flavour when eaten raw. Never softens sufficiently to be used as a dessert pear. But one of the best cooking pears. Requires slow cooking for 1-2 hours. The flesh turns a lovely pale pink on cooking.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Reliable cropper. Attractive in the autumn with colourful leaves and fruit.

Characteristics of Black Worcester pear trees

UseCulinary
Colour
Flavour
Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeLate Oct
Season of useDec-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habit
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Pollination date16
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners