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Pyrus communis 'Catillac' (C)
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pear 'Catillac'

'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

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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 and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
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

Diseases

Pear scab, brown rot, blossom wilt, pear rust, fireblight and replant diseases may be troublesome

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