Pear - Black Worcester

Black Worcester Pear

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

Origin: Worcestershire UK 1575

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees

Black Worcester Pear Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
Quince C - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

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.

Main characteristics of Black Worcester

Use Culinary
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Late Oct
Season of use  Dec-Mar

Tree vigour  Moderate
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  16
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Other names  Warden, Old Warden