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An old Northern English pear suitable for cooler regions.

Origin: Yorkshire UK, 1827

Pollination: Hessle is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Hessle pear trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Hessle tree custom-grafted on Quince A rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Hessle tree custom-grafted on OHxF87 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Hessle tree custom-grafted on Pyrus rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Hessle

First recorded in 1827. But believed to be much older originating from Hessle near Hull, East Yorkshire, UK. Widely grown in the North of England and Scotland in the past.

Small, round conical fruit. Fairly smooth, greenish yellow skin with variable amounts of russetting. White, juicy flesh. Not very sweet and lacking in flavour. A moderate dessert variety but also useful for cooking.

Very hardy, disease resistant, vigorous tree. Good cropping. The main advantage of this variety is that it will do well in cooler regions where other pear varieties can not be grown successfully.

Characteristics of Hessle pear trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeSmall
Picking timeOct
Season of useOct
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceCanker - Resistant
Mildew - Resistant
Scab - Very resistant
Suitable forHardy
Northern Britain
Wet Regions
Pollination date19
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners