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Bristol Cross

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.  Pollination partners

Bristol Cross pear trees for sale

1-year maiden trees

These are the most versatile choice for home orchards, community fruit tree projects, and for training on in any form you require.

MaidenQuince CDwarfing £24.50
MaidenQuince ASemi-dwarfing £24.50

Orders placed now will be delivered in the winter planting season.

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.

Characteristics of Bristol Cross pear trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid/Late Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceScab - Very resistant
Suitable forWet Regions
Pollination date22
Pollination groupD
Incompatibility group20
PollinatorsPollination partners
Williams Bon Chretien