Pear - Conference

Conference Pear

Pyrus communis
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Pear Trees



Conference 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   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £26.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Step-over Available £31.00
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price* Available £12.75
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained Available £48.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price* Available £14.50

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 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.




Main characteristics of Conference

Use Dessert
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Oct
Season of use  Oct-Nov

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Canker: Susceptible
Mildew: Susceptible
Scab: Slightly susceptible
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  17
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Progeny  Bristol CrossNuvar® CelebrationConcorde