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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Pyrus are deciduous trees or shrubs with oval leaves and scented white flowers in spring, followed by green or brown fruits, edible in some species
'Catillac' is a culinary pear. The fruits are large and hard with slightly gritty flesh that turns pink in cooking. Fairly vigorous, reliable and hardy, but suitable only for very slow cooking. This cultivar has large attractive blossom. The fruit keeps very well after harvesting in mid-autumn. Pollination group 4; triploid. Season of use: January to April
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand
Time to ultimate height
Suitable for all training forms including espaliers, fan-training, pyramids and cordon. Needs another pear cultivar for pollination. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Thin fruit if necessary
Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a clonal rootstock for fruit; quince rootstocks are usually used. The rootstock used will effect plant size
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Regular pruning required, according to form: cordons, espaliers and Prune established fans. Can also be grown as standards or spindlebushes. For further guidance see: pruning new pear trees, summer pear pruning, winter pear pruning, renovating pear trees
Pests May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, birds, especially bullfinches, pear midge, pear and cherry slugworm and pear blister mite
Pear scab, brown rot, blossom wilt, pear rust, fireblight and replant diseases may be troublesome
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