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Vicar of Winkfield

A very old cooking pear which produces an attractive vigorous tree.

Origin: France, 1760

Pollination: Vicar of Winkfield is a self-sterile triploid and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Vicar of Winkfield pear trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Vicar of Winkfield tree custom-grafted on Quince A rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Vicar of Winkfield tree custom-grafted on OHxF87 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Vicar of Winkfield tree custom-grafted on Pyrus rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Vicar of Winkfield

Despite what appears to be a typically English name this old variety originates from France. Vicar of Winkfield pear was found as a wild seedling growing in a wood near Villers-en Brenne, France c 1760. It was named after Rev Rham of Winkfield, Berkshire who first introduced the variety to Britain.

Large, long calabasse shaped fruit. Smooth, green to yellowish green skin. Slight brownish flush and some russet patches. Dry, pale yellow flesh. Quite sharp with little flavour in the autumn. Best used for cooking but can also be used as a dessert pear in the winter.

Vigorous, quite attractive, spreading tree often with contorted branches. Good cropper but with a tendency to drop its fruit before they are ready to be picked. A triploid therefore ineffective as a pollinator.

Characteristics of Vicar of Winkfield pear trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeOct
Season of useDec-Feb
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitSpreading
Pollination date13
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile triploid
PollinatorsPollination partners