Pear - Onward

Onward Pear

Pyrus communis
An Engish dessert pear not unlike Comice with excellent flavour and good reliable cropping.

Origin: Surrey UK 1947

Pollination:  Onward is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Pear Trees



Onward Pear Trees for sale - order online

We have now stopped taking orders for the winter 2018/19 planting season. Our 2019/20 list is currently being prepared. It will be available from 1st May when we will start taking orders for delivery next autumn/winter.
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 2019/20 £17.00
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Bush 2019/20 £28.50
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon 2019/20 £21.00
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Step-over 2019/20 £24.00
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard 2019/20 £28.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) 2019/20 £47.50
Pyrodwarf - Semi-vigorous   2 years Fan Trained 2019/20 £47.50
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden 2019/20 £17.00
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 Onward

Onward was raised in 1947 at the National Fruit Trials Wisley, Surrey, UK from a cross between Laxton's Superb and Doyenne du Comice.

Medium sized, pyriform shaped fruit. Fairly smooth pale green skin ripening to yellow green. Pinkish red flush and patches of brown russet. Smooth, soft, juicy, creamy white flesh. Excellent sweet flavour with a little acidity.

Moderately vigorous tree. Very reliable good cropper. Not a good pollination partner for Doyenne du Comice




Main characteristics of Onward

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

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Slightly resistant
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  23
Pollination group  E
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Doyenne du Comice