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Concorde pear trees

RHS AGM for Concorde
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Concorde is without doubt one of the best pears for the UK. It is a fairly new variety, but combines the strengths of two classic 19th century varieties. From Conference it inherits reliability, cropping potential, and excellent suitability for the UK climate. From Doyenne du Comice it inherits top quality flavour. The result is a pear that tastes as good as many of the old-fashioned European pears, and yet grows well in the sometimes marginal conditions of an English summer.

The fruit is very similar to Conference in appearance, tall and pear shaped with extensive russet. The skin colour is variable, normally a yellow-cream colour but it may sometimes be flushed from exposure to sunlight.

Concorde performs well in many situations and is a good choice for growers who want to produce pears organically or without chemicals.

Concorde® is a protected variety.

Deliveries start November 2014.

Concorde pear trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince C rootstock €23.90
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock €23.90
Full size  (6m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pyrus c. rootstock €24.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Concorde

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Very susceptible?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Very susceptible?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late
    October?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    1993
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters


Pollination guide for Concorde

Concorde is in flowering group 4. Concorde is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Concorde pear trees

Concorde produces a compact upright tree, but it tends to over-crop and it is very important to thin the fruitlets in June.

Like all pears it can be difficult to tell ripeness on the tree, but if you lift and twist gently and the fruit comes away then it will be ready to pick. However leave the pears in a fruit bowl for a few days, until they become a golden yellow colour - at this point they should be ripe and ready to eat.

Concorde is usually considered self-fertile, but in practice it performs much better if there is a compatible pollinator nearby and is best treated as being partially self-fertile.

Varieties with similar picking times to Concorde

< Slightly earlier

Invincible

About the same time

Slightly later >

Doyenne du ComiceHumbug


Historical details

Concorde was developed at the East Malling Research Station in the UK, in the 1970s. It is a cross betweeen Conference and Doyenne du Comice.

Concorde® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Concorde'