Pear - Thompson's

Thompson's Pear

Pyrus communis
A quality dessert pear but requiring a warm location.

Origin: Belgium 1820

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

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Thompson's 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.
We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.




History and description of Thompson's

Believed to have been raised by Van Mons in Belgium and sent to England c 1820. Named after Robert Thompson, Fruit Foreman at the RHS Garden, Chiswick, London.

Medium to large sized fruit. Uneven and bumpy, oval to pyriform shape. Rough, pale golden yellow skin up to half covered with brown russet. White, smooth, juicy flesh. Excellent, sweet, aromatic flavour.

Moderately vigorous, upright tree. Fair but irregular cropping. Best grown in a warm location. Attractive red autumn foliage.




Main characteristics of Thompson's

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

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Erratic
Suitable for Northern Britain

Pollination date  19
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Other names  Van Mons, Vlesembeek