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Williams Bon Chretien

Probably the best known and most widely grown pear throughout the world.

Origin: Berkshire UK, 1770

Pollination: Williams Bon Chretien is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Williams Bon Chretien pear trees for sale

Quince C rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £17.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Bush (Dwarfing) £28.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Cordon (Dwarfing) £26.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Step-over (Dwarfing) £38.00 Sold-out
Quince A rootstock 1 year Espalier (1 tier) (Semi-dwarfing) £28.00
Quince A rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £17.50
Quince A rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £28.50 Sold-out
Quince A rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £26.50
Quince A rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-dwarfing) £28.50
Pyrodwarf rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £17.50
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £55.00
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £55.00
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £28.50 Sold-out
Pyrus rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £17.50
Pyrus rootstock 2 year Standard (Very vigorous) £29.50 Sold-out

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

History and description of Williams Bon Chretien

Originated before 1770 in the garden of a schoolmaster called Mr Wheeler in Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK. His successor in the garden Mr Stair sent grafts to Richard Williams, a nurseryman at Turnham Green, whose name was given to the variety in 1814. It was imported into the USA towards the end of the 18th century where in 1817 Enoch Bartlett gave it the name Bartlett. It has since become the most widely grown commercial pear throughout the world. It is not only one of the most popular dessert pears but also the most widely used pear for canning.

Medium to large pyriform fruit. Smooth, pale green skin ripening to pale golden yellow. Almost no russet and occasional faint red stripes. White, very smooth, juicy flesh. Sweet with a hint of acidity and distinctive musky flavour. A quality dessert and cooking variety.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Heavy, reliable cropper. Fruit must be picked promptly when ready as it is prone to rotting from the core.

Characteristics of Williams Bon Chretien pear trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeSep
Season of useSep
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Suitable forLate Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date20
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
Incompatibility group1
PollinatorsPollination partners
Bristol Cross
Merton Pride
Packham's Triumph
Red Williams