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Pyrus communis 'Conference' (D)
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pear 'Conference'

'Conference' is a dessert pear, 2.5-8m tall depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit green. Pollination group 3; can set fruit without being pollinated. Season of use: October to November

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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
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

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How to grow

Cultivation

Suitable for all training forms. Flowers early and so at risk from spring frosts. Can set fruit without pollination, but tends to fruit better if cross pollinated by another cultivar. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Fruit thinning may be needed

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a clonal rootstock for fruit; quince rootstocks are usually used. The rootstock used largely determine the size

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Regular pruning required; a spur bearer

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, bullfinches, pear midge, pear blister mite and pear and cherry slugworm

Diseases

No particular resistance or susceptibility. It may be affected by pear rust, brown rot, pear scab, blossom wilt and fireblight.

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