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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

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 ASemi-dwarfing £24.50 Sold-out
MaidenOHxF87Semi-vigorous £24.50

2-year pre-trained trees

These trees have already had some formative training in the nursery.

Step-overQuince CDwarfing £45.50
Espalier (2 Tier)Quince ASemi-dwarfing £69.50
U-cordonQuince ASemi-dwarfing £55.00
Espalier (2 Tier)PyrodwarfSemi-vigorous £69.50
Fan TrainedPyrodwarfSemi-vigorous £69.50

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

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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