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Pear 'Williams bon chrétien'

Pyrus communis 'Williams bon chrétien'

Summer pear variety that ripens early summer. The yellow fruit is popular for fresh, juice, canning and preserves as it retains its shape well. Good cross pollinators are Josephine de Malines, Beurre Hardy, Beurre Bosc and Doyenne du Comice. The variety is named after a UK nurseryman, William, that cultivated and increased the popularity of the variety, but the "Bon Chrétien" (Good Christian) part is named after Francis of Paola, a holy man who gave King Louis XI of France a pear seed from his native Calabria with instructions to plant and care for it.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Fruit should be harvested just before ripe, as the ripening process is fast once started. They should be firm and swollen, with a subtle colour change to their skin, area dependent, but expect to harvest in late summer.

Propagation

Cuttings
Seedling trees often will not grow, thus most trees are grafted by a nursery man onto a compatible rootstock, like quince, BP1 or BP3.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Medditerranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The fruit are edible, both raw and cooked.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to Fire blight, Pear psylla, Aphids, Mites, Powdery mildew

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