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All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum
temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
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.
'Beurré Superfin' has fine, melting, scented flesh with slightly rough, russetted, pale green and yellow skin. A high quality pear that needs a warm, sheltered site. Pollination group 3. Season of use late September and October
'Beurré Hardy' has a very melting texture and is fragrant with a rose-water perfume. It produces good, regular crops and is a very hardy, vigorous tree. Although it is slow to bear fruit, it has resistance to scab. Pollination group 3. Season of use November to December
'Concorde' is a compact dessert pear, 2.5-8m tall depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit green. Pollination group 4. Season of use: October to November
'Pitmaston Duchess' is both a dessert and cooking pear that has a sweet delicate flavour when cooked - quite sugary and melting. It has large handsome fruits that are excellent for exhibition and attractive blossom on a vigorous tree. Crops over a short season in late September to October. Pollination group 4 and is a triploid. Any non-triploid pear in flowering group 3, 4 or 5 will pollinate it, but because 'Pitmaston Duchess' produces no viable pollen a third, different, pear must be grown to pollinate the pollinator
'Beech Hill' is a narrowly-conical, deciduous tree with glossy, dark green leaves that turn orange and red in autumn. Clusters of white flowers in mid-spring are followed by heavy crops of small, round, edible, green fruit up to 5cm across
'Doyenné du Comice' is a dessert pear with a very rich flavour; very juicy, buttery, perfumed. Excellent quality, but moderate crops, although older trees crop more reliably; season of use from November to December. A vigorous tree in pollination group 4
'Black Worcester' is a culinary, late season cultivar with good disease resistance. Its white spring flowers are self-sterile and require a pollination partner in group 3. Fruits are dark-skinned with a pale yellow, gritty flesh and ready for harvesting in mid-autumn
P. communis is a large, columnar, occasionally thorny, deciduous tree with glossy, dark green leaves. Clusters of white flowers are produced in mid-spring, followed by edible, pear-shaped to spherical, green to yellow fruit up to 10cm long
'Fondante d'Automne' has fruit with fine, melting, juicy, well-flavoured flesh with smooth, russetted, pale green and yellow skin. Pollination group 3; season of use late September and October
'Jargonelle' is one of the oldest pears in cultivation; it is long-lived and hardy. The medium-sized fruit are tender and juicy, with yellow-green skin with a reddish flush and some russetting. It is in pollination group 3 and crops in August
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