Pear - Pitmaston Duchesse

Pitmaston Duchess Pear

Pyrus communis
An excellent old English dual purpose pear with very large exhibition fruit.

Origin: Worcestershire UK 1841

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees

Pitmaston Duchess 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
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*

History and description of Pitmaston Duchess

Putmaston Duchess pear was raised in 1841 by John Williams at Pitmaston, Wocestershire, UK from a cross between Duchesse d'Angouleme and Glou Morceau.

A very large fruit with an average weight of more than 1 lb (500 g). Long conical to pyriform in shape. Smooth, pale yellow skin. Variable amount of brown russet and slight red flush. Creamy white, smooth, juicy flesh. Good flavour with a hint of acidity. Can be used both as a dessert and a cooking pear.

Vigorous tree. Good to heavy cropping. A triploid and therefore ineffective as a pollinator.

Main characteristics of Pitmaston Duchess

Use Dual Cul & Des
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Oct
Season of use  Oct-Nov

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Duchesse d'AngoulemeGlou Morceau
Other names  Pitmaston Duchesse d'Angouleme, Williams Duchesse