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Pyrus communis 'Beurre Hardy'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Beurre Hardy' is an excellent dessert variety with a distinctive flavour. It is susceptible to late frost and needs a sheltered site to thrive. Like all pears 'Beurre Hardy' is worth growing even if you don't like the fruit. It is very ornamental in flower with branches covered with white blossom. The leaves of this variety also turn bright red in autumn. Pruning depends on the tree form and vigour of the rootstock and should be checked in a handbook. Pick the fruit while still hard in mid-September and leave to ripen in store.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Pyrus

Species: communis

Cultivar: Beurre Hardy

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to prune: November to February

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