Pear - Vicar of Winkfield

Vicar of Winkfield Pear

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

Origin: France 1760

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees

Vicar of Winkfield 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 A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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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.

Main characteristics of Vicar of Winkfield

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

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

Pollination date  13
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Cure, Pastorenbirn