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Onward Pear Tree
Onward (Pyrus 'Onward') is the result of a cross between the pear varieties, Laxton's Superb x Doyenné du Comice, first introduced in 1947. An excellent quality pear, it is quite resistant to spring frosts. Onward pears are medium in size, initially, light green in colour then changing to a yellowy-green as they ripen, some having a pinkish flush and others a heavy russet. Their creamy white flesh has a sweet rich and juicy flavour. A good cropping pear, it will not pollinate Doyenné du Comice. (Wisley, Surrey 1947)
Month of Picking: SeptemberType of Pear: Eating
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This pear is not self-fertile so it is necessary to have another pear for pollination. Will not pollinate Doyenne Du Comice.
This pear is in flowering period is C4.
How to chose a suitable pollination partner:
To make it easy to match this pear with a suitable pollination partner we have used a series of codes, which are C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 and relate to flowering periods. Every pear variety we sell will have one of these codes.
The code we have given this pear tree means that you need to find another pear with the same code or one less or one more, so for example, if the pear is code C4, then another pear variety with code C3 or C5 would be suitable to act as a reliable pollination partner.
This variety of pear tree is supplied in a 12 litre container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it.
Choosing the type of Pear tree rootstock:
Those in the horticultural business love their technical lingo, so here is something to help you decipher Gobbeldy Gook from the Green Fingered Brigade. Each rootstock description is made up of several terms from one or more of the following:
Cordon : Columnar shape and short branches. Ideal for space saving and quick fruiting (possibly first year)
Quince C : Will reach approx. 2.5 metres. Fruits quicker than Quince A
Quince Eline : Almost identical to Quince C but but has superior cold hardiness.
Quince A : Will reach approx. 3.5 metres. Fruits quicker than Kirchensellar
Kirchensaller: Will reach approx. 6.0+ metres.
Half Standard: Trunk clear of branches for around 1 metre and is traditional tree shaped. Good for gardens e.g. easy mowing and companion planting underneath.
Straight Lead: Much more of a clear trunk than a Half Standard, usually around 2.0 + metres.
Bush : Pruned so that branches start around 45cm from the ground.
Maiden : 1-2 years old and unpruned, ideal for shaping into Fan, Espalier etc
Family Pear Tree. Three different varieties of pear on one tree that pollinate each other. Click the link to see current Family Pear Trees in stock.
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