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Louise Bonne of Jersey

  • Louis Bonne of Jersey
  • Louis Bonne of Jersey

Louise Bonne is an old French pear variety, with a surprisingly modern "bi-colored" 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 flavor.

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.

Pyrus communis

Louise Bonne of Jersey pear trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince Eline rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince A rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Louise Bonne is a reliable cropper in most situations but like most pears originating from France it prefers a sunny aspect if possible.

History

Avranches, Normandy, France, 1780s. Known in England as Louise Bonne de Jersey but in France as Louise d'Avranches.

Louise Bonne of Jersey characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping:1 week
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Weak growing
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Partial tip-bearer
  • Problems

    • Fireblight:Some resistance
    • Scab:Some resistance
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:France
    • Period of origin:1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colour:Orange flush
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit