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Louise Bonne of Jersey pear trees

RHS AGM for Louise Bonne of Jersey

Louise Bonne is an old French pear variety, with a surprisingly modern "bi-coloured" appearance - the yellow/green skin usually has an attractive red flush. As a bonus the blossom is also more attractive than most pear varieties.

Louise Bonne was rated by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg as "A most delicious pear" - a description which is just as valid today. The flesh is sweet and melting, with a pronounced pear flavour.

Judging the right time to pick can be tricky, but keep a close eye on it from late August onwards (in the south of the UK, a bit later further north) and pick the pears when they are flushed but still quite hard - then ripen in a fruit bowl.

Louise Bonne of Jersey 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 23.90
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 Louise Bonne of Jersey

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?

Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Louise Bonne of Jersey

Louise Bonne of Jersey is in flowering group 2. Louise Bonne of Jersey is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Louise Bonne of Jersey pear trees

Louise Bonne is a reliable cropper and can be grown in most situations as long as it gets shelter and full sun.

Historical details

This pear originated in Avranches, Normandy, France in the 1780s, where it was known as Bonne Louise or Louise d'Avranches. It was soon taken to Jersey in the nearby Channel Islands, and from there became popular in Victorian England, where it was known as Louise Bonne de Jersey.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Louise Bonne of Jersey'