Conference Pear
England 1894


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The Conference pear is one of the first English pears of note to arise from controlled breeding program in England in the 1800's The Conference pear was bred by Thomas Francis Rivers at his family nursery in England. He first announced it to the public at a 'Pear Congress' in 1885, which had been advertised as a 'Pear Conference', the name he settled with, but it could have easily been called the Congress pear. The Conference pear fruit is medium to large, slightly long, gourd-shaped, smooth green tinted with russet. Flesh pale yellow, with slight pink tinge, melting, very juicy, sweet and delicious. Good fireblight resistants

Growing Considerations for Conference Pear
England 1894

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Midseason

Harvest Period: Late

Storage: 3 Months or More

Uses: Fresh Eating

Disease Resistance: Good

Origin Date: 1800`s

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Years to Bear: 2-5 years

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Whip (no branching)

Rootstock: OHxF 87

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*;  Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).


*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.