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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.  Pollination partners

Thompson's 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-1Thompson's tree custom-grafted on Quince A rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Thompson's tree custom-grafted on OHxF87 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Thompson's 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 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.

Characteristics of Thompson's pear trees

Fruit sizeLarge
Picking timeOct
Season of useOct-Nov
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Pollination date19
Pollination groupD
PollinatorsPollination partners