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Pear 'Williams' Bon Chrétien' Tree - Pyrus communis - Bare Root

Code: TR0282
Pear 'Williams' Bon Chrétien' Tree - Pyrus communis - Bare Root
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Pear 'Williams' Bon Chrétien' Tree - Pyrus communis - Root Wrapped

This compact, deciduous pear tree produces oval green leaves and scented white flowers in spring. In autumn you will be able to harvest its sweet, yellow-green fruits. Pyrus communis 'Williams' Bon Chrétien' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.


Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: white in spring
  • Foliage Colour: green in spring and summer
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3-4.5m
  • Flowering Period: spring
  • Harvesting Period: autumn
  • Season of Use: December-March
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Uses: eating fresh
  • Hardiness: hardy - average winter
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Self fertilising: no - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Rate of Growth: ultimate height in 5-10 years
  • Scented: no
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: neutral, clay, loam, sand
  • Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Regular pruning required. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 3-4.5m (10-15ft)

Suited to almost all well-drained and moist but well-drained soils. Plant in a sheltered location in full sun.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination

  • Pollination Group: 3

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating so it therefore requires another tree nearby of the same fruit species, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things slightly easier, fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only a pear tree can pollinate another pear tree. However, if you buy two 'Williams' Bon Chrétien' trees they will not pollinate each other.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another pear tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

RHS Award of Garden Merit

The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.

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This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.
 

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