Pear - Bristol Cross

Bristol Cross Pear

Pyrus communis
A good heavy cropping dessert variety suitable for wet regions.

Origin: Bristol UK 1920

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

A guide to choosing Pear Trees



Bristol Cross Pear Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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   2 years Bush *Reduced Price* Available £21.50
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

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 Bristol Cross

Raised by Spinks at Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK 1920 and introduced in 1931. Grown commercially on a small scale in the past.

Medium sized, oval pyriform to calabasse shaped fruit. Yellowish green skin. Variable amounts of green or brown russet with some fruit almost entirely covered and some almost entirely clean. Yellowish white, slightly granular, juicy flesh. Sweet fine flavour.

Very heavy cropping variety. Good in wet areas and on heavy soils. Very poor pollinator of other varieties.




Main characteristics of Bristol Cross

Use Dessert
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Mid/Late Sep
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Very resistant
Suitable for Wet Regions

Pollination date  22
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Williams Bon ChretienConference