Pyrus communis 'Durondeau'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Pears flower two to four weeks earlier than apples and need slightly warmer conditions. They are very ornamental in flower, their branches often buried under a froth of white blossom. All pears are grafted on rootstocks which affect their size and vigour, and may be trained in a number of different shapes pruning depends on the tree form and vigour of the rootstock, and should be checked in a handbook. 'Durondeau' is an old Belgian variety, which makes a large and fruitful hardy tree. The crop is picked in October for use from November up to Christmas.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Pyrus

Species: communis

Cultivar: Durondeau

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 900cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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