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Gorham

Gorham is a high quality American pear, but with an all European-ancestry. Its juicy melting flesh is very typical of the best European pears of the 19th century, and it is related to both the English Williams pear and Belgian Josephine de Malines.

Gorham can perhaps best be considered an improved Williams pear. From Josephine de Malines it gets better keeping qualities and an improved flavour (even though Williams is already well-regarded for flavour).

Like Williams, Gorham is versatile - as well as being a superb dessert pear, it is also useful for cooking and bottling.

Pyrus communis

Gorham pear trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince A rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Pyrodwarf rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Gorham is a high quality American pear, but with an all European-ancestry. Its juicy melting flesh is very typical of the best European pears of the 19th century, and it is related to both the English Williams pear and Belgian Josephine de Malines.

Gorham can perhaps best be considered an improved Williams pear. From Josephine de Malines it gets better keeping qualities and an improved flavour (even though Williams is already well-regarded for flavour).

Like Williams, Gorham is versatile - as well as being a superb dessert pear, it is also useful for cooking and bottling.

History

Being an American pear with a European pedigree, it is perhaps no surprise that Gorham does best in dry sunny climates. It should perform well in the south-east of the UK, but elsewhere be sure to choose a sunny spot, preferably in front of a south-facing wall.

Gorham also has a very good level of disease-resistance, and its excellent pedigree ensures it is a good and reliable cropper.

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

Gorham characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping:1-2 months
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating freshCulinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
    • Fireblight:Some susceptibility
    • Mildew:Some resistance
    • Scab:Very resistant
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesWarm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United States
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Green / Yellow
    • Fruit size:Large
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit