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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.  Pollination partners

Conference pear trees for sale

Quince C rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £17.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Bush (Dwarfing) £28.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Cordon (Dwarfing) £26.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Cordon (Dwarfing) £26.50
Quince C rootstock 2 year Step-over (Dwarfing) £38.00
Quince A rootstock 1 year Espalier (1 tier) (Semi-dwarfing) £28.00
Quince A rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-dwarfing) £17.50
Quince A rootstock 2 year Bush (Semi-dwarfing) £28.50
Quince A rootstock 2 year Cordon (Semi-dwarfing) £26.50
Quince A rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-dwarfing) £28.50 Sold-out
Pyrodwarf rootstock 1 year Maiden (Semi-vigorous) £17.50
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £55.00
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Fan Trained (Semi-vigorous) £55.00 Sold-out
Pyrodwarf rootstock 2 year Half Standard (Semi-vigorous) £28.50
Pyrus rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous) £17.50
Pyrus rootstock 1 year Maiden (Very vigorous)*Reduced price* £12.50 Sold-out

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

*Reduced price trees have not grown sufficiently to meet our standard specification, and are therefore offered at a lower price. They should still become fully developed trees but may take a bit longer.

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 Europe.

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.

Characteristics of Conference pear trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeOct
Season of useOct-Nov
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright
Disease resistanceCanker - Susceptible
Mildew - Susceptible
Scab - Slightly susceptible
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Pollination date17
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
Incompatibility group2
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyBristol Cross
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