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The most widely grown pear in the UK. Suitable for most locations and partially self-fertile.
Origin: Hertfordshire UK, 1885
Pollination: Conference is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.
History and description of Conference
Raised by Thomas Rivers, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, UK from an open pollinated Leon Leclerc de
Laval. This variety took its name from the National British Pear Conference of 1885 where it was
exhibited. It is by far the most widely grown variety in the UK. It is also grown in continental
Medium sized fruit. Even pyriform to calabasse shaped when cross-pollinated. The uneven, distorted,
banana-shaped fruit, usually associated with this variety, are produced when self-pollination
occurs. Self-pollinated fruit is also seedless. Pale green skin turning pale yellow. Variable
amounts of golden brown russet patches. Juicy, smooth, pale yellow flesh occasionally tinged with
pink near the core. Sweet pleasant flavour.
Fairly compact upright tree. Reliable heavy cropper suitable for most locations. Partially
self-fertile. Very good for espalier or cordon training. Excellent garden variety.