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Pyrus communis 'Louise Bonne of Jersey' (D)

pear 'Louise Bonne of Jersey'

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  • Other common names pear 'Louise Bonne of Jersey'

  • Synonyms Pyrus communis 'Louise Bonne d'Avranchés'

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details 'Louise Bonne of Jersey' is a richly flavoured, buttery and juicy dessert pear. It produces good, regular crops with a season of use from October to November. A hardy tree, the blossom shows some resistance to frost, but is susceptible to scab. Pollination group 2


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow pears in any well-drained, fairly moisture retentive soil. The ideal pH is 6.5. Incorporate plenty of organic matter on thin soils. Choose a sheltered position in full sun. Needs another cultivar for pollination; it's not compatible with 'William's Bon Chretien'. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Thin fruit if necessary

Propagation Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a rootstock for fruit. Quince rootstocks are usually used

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wildlife Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Regular pruning required; This cultivar is a tip bearer. so is not suitable for growing as cordons, espaliers and other restricted forms. Grow 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, bullfinches, pear midge, pear and cherry slugworm and pear blister mite

Diseases Susceptible to pear scab. It may be affected by pear rust, brown rot, blossom wilt and fireblight

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