Conference pear trees

Conference pear tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Late-season (early October)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Conference

Conference is the most widely-grown pear variety in the UK. It crops heavily and reliably, and will grow in most situations.

It is also one of the few pear varieties to be reliably self-fertile in most situations, so you don't usually need another pollinator nearby. Furthermore it is a good pollinator for many other pears.

The skin is usually partially covered in golden-green russet.

Conference 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 24.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock 23.90
Large  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pyrodwarf rootstock 24.90
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.

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 Conference

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?

Uses

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Conference

Conference is in flowering group 3. Conference is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other pear trees.

How to grow Conference pear trees

Conference is one of the easiest pears to grow, being less fussy than some other pear varieties, tolerant of late frosts and strong-growing. It is by far the best choice if you want to grow a pear in less than ideal conditions.

Unusually amongst pears, Conference is effectively self-fertile. However nearby pollination partners will help cropping - try Doyenne du Comice or Williams.

Conference will also pollinate some late-flowering Asian pears which overlap with its flowering time.

All pears tend to grow with a vertical habit, but this is particularly the case with Conference, which can have a distinctly columnar upright appearance.

Historical details

Conference was developed by the Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, in the second half of the 19th century. It is thought to be a seedling of a continental variety called Van Mons Leon Leclerc.

It was named after the National British Pear Conference held in 1885.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Conference'