Pear - Winter Nelis

Winter Nelis Pear

Pyrus communis
A very good but quite small late dessert pear.

Origin: Belgium 1818

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees



Winter Nelis 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
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
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 Winter Nelis

Winter Nelis pear was introduced to Britain in 1818 from Belgium where it was raised by Jean Charles Nelis at Malines.

Small to medium sized, round conical fruit. Rough, dull greenish yellow skin mostly covered with a brown russet. Greenish white, smooth, juicy flesh. Very sweet with a rich delicately perfumed flavour. A good late dessert pear

Weak growing tree best on more vigorous rootstocks. Rather straggly growth producing drooping branches. Fairly good cropper. May need thinning to produce good sized fruit.





Main characteristics of Winter Nelis

Use Dessert
Fruit size  Small
Picking time  Oct
Season of use  Nov-Feb

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Disease resistance  Scab: Very susceptible
Mildew: Slightly resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  22
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Nelis d'Hiver, Coloma d'Hiver, Bonne de Malines