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 tree
USDA Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Pollination: Pollinate with D'Anjou,Bartlett,Conference, Red Clapp, Rescue, Seckel or Warren
Fruit Storage: Excellent
Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Uses: Fresh eating,dessert,baking
Rootstock: Semi-dwarf OHxF 333
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Years to bear: 2-4 years
Shape when shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 5-7 ft. in field (trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped)
*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.
Note on Shipping:
Our pear trees 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 so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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