Beurre Hardy pear trees

Beurre Hardy pear tree

Beurre Hardy is a classic French pear from the early 19th century, which has long been popular in England.

Beurre Hardy has an excellent flavour, and the buttery melting flesh which is characteristic of the best quality French pears.

As with most high quality pears, pick when still firm / hard, and ripen indoors.

Beurre Hardy pear trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince Eline rootstock 26.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock 23.90 Sold outalert me

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.

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.

Summary features of Beurre Hardy

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Russet
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Beurre Hardy

Beurre Hardy is in flowering group 4. Beurre Hardy is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Beurre Hardy pear trees

Beurre Hardy performs best in the south and east of the UK, in areas with good soils and plenty of warmth and sunlight. Provided conditions are right it is a reliable cropper and quite easy to grow.

The leaves turn a characteristic dull red in autumn.

Historical details

Raised by M. Bonnet, a fruit enthusiast from Boulogne in northern France, around 1820. Named after M. Hardy, a Director of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Beurre Hardy'