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Catillac

Catillac is a traditional French pear variety, first described in "Le Jardinier Francais", a popular French gardening book published in the 1650s during the reign of Louis XIV. There is some evidence this variety was grown in the royal orchards at Versailles at this time.

Unlike most modern pears, it is not usually eaten fresh, but is brought to perfection by slow poaching or cooking.

Catillac pears are fairly large, and store well, and the trees are also big and reliable heavy-croppers, and quite disease-resistant - all important characteristics before modern refrigeration.

As well as the interesting fruits, Catillac features particularly attractive spring blossom.

If you want to create a traditional French pear dessert as might have been served at the court of King Louis XIV, this is the variety you need.

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Catillac pear trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince A rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Catillac is a traditional French pear variety, first described in "Le Jardinier Francais", a popular French gardening book published in the 1650s during the reign of Louis XIV. There is some evidence this variety was grown in the royal orchards at Versailles at this time.

Unlike most modern pears, it is not usually eaten fresh, but is brought to perfection by slow poaching or cooking.

Catillac pears are fairly large, and store well, and the trees are also big and reliable heavy-croppers, and quite disease-resistant - all important characteristics before modern refrigeration.

As well as the interesting fruits, Catillac features particularly attractive spring blossom.

If you want to create a traditional French pear dessert as might have been served at the court of King Louis XIV, this is the variety you need.

History

Catillac is a vigorous and heavy-cropping variety. It grows well in most climates, including the UK.

Catillac is a triploid variety and will not cross-pollinate other pears, but is easily pollinated by most other mid or late-flowering pear varieties.

The fruit size is relatively large by pear standards - provided you thin the fruitlets in late spring.

Catillac characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping3 months or more
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forCulinary
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1600 - 1649
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourYellow / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit