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Onward

Onward

Onward is an attractive yellow pear, often with an orange flush, and occasionally some russet. The flavor is of high quality and it is a reliable cropper - all in all, an excellent garden pear variety.

Onward was developed from the well-known French variety Doyenne du Comice, usually considered the best-flavored of all pears, but somewhat fussy in its requirements. The goal was to retain the excellent flavor and texture of Comice but in a tree that was easier to grow in the UK.

Pyrus communis

Onward 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)
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


How to grow

Far easier to grow in almost every respect than Doyenne du Comice, crops are reliable and the blossom is usefully resistant to spring frosts.

The main horticultural challenge is that it can be difficult to spot when Onward pears are ripe, so you need to be alert from mid-September onwards in the UK, to make sure you pick the crop at the right time. The pears should be picked when still relatively hard and ripened in a fruit bowl, as they will not ripen correctly on the tree.

Note that contrary to what our pollination notes say, Onward will not reliably pollinate Doyenne du Comice or vice versa - they are too closely related.

History

Developed at the National Fruit Trials at Wisley, in Surrey. 1940s. It is a cross of Doyenne du Comice and an old Laxton's variety called Superb.

Onward characteristics

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1 week
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colourOrange flush
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit