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

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   1 year Maiden
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*
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (1 tier)
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (1 tier) *Reduced Price*
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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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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained *Reduced Price*
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Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
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Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden

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
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Progeny  BethBristol CrossGorhamHighlandMerton PridePackham's Triumph
Sports  SensationRed Williams
Other names  Aldermaston Pear, Bartlett, Stairs Pear