Pear - Merton Pride

Merton Pride Pear

Pyrus communis
An excellent and very juicy English dessert pear.

Origin: London UK 1941

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees

Merton Pride 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   2 years Bush
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Step-over
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard *Reduced Price*
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) *Reduced Price*
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Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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History and description of Merton Pride

Raised in 1941 by M B Crane at the John Innes Horticultural Institute, Merton, London, UK from a cross between Glou Morceau and Double Williams (a mutation of Williams Bon Chretien). It was first named Merton Favourite in 1953 and then renamed Merton Pride in 1957.

Large, conical to pyriform fruit. Rough, green skin ripening to yellow. Variable amounts of brown russet. Creamy white, soft, smooth, very juicy flesh. Excellent flavour.

A fairly vigorous, upright tree. Moderate cropper with some biennial tendency. Triploid and therefore ineffective as a pollinator.

Main characteristics of Merton Pride

Use Dessert
Fruit size  Large
Picking time  Sep
Season of use  Sep

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer

Pollination date  19
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile Triploid
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Parentage  Glou MorceauWilliams Bon Chretien
Other names  Merton Favourite