Pear - Williams Bon Chretien

Williams Bon Chretien Pear

Pyrus communis
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Pear Trees

Williams Bon Chretien Pear Trees for sale - order online

We have now stopped taking orders for the winter 2018/19 planting season. Our 2019/20 list is currently being prepared. It will be available from 1st May when we will start taking orders for delivery next autumn/winter.
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 Availability Price Qty required
Quince C - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Bush 2019/20 £28.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon 2019/20 £26.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Step-over 2019/20 £24.00
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard 2019/20 £28.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) 2019/20 £47.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained 2019/20 £47.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard 2019/20 £28.50
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20

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.

Main characteristics of Williams Bon Chretien

Use Dual Cul & Des
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Sep
Season of use  Sep

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  BethBristol CrossGorhamHighlandMerton PridePackham's Triumph
Sports  SensationRed Williams
Other names  Aldermaston Pear, Bartlett, Stairs Pear