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Pyrus communis 'Conference' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible) or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

pear 'Conference'

Family

Rosaceae


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

'Conference' is a dessert pear, 2.5-8m tall depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit green

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Suitable for all training forms. Flowers early and so at risk from spring frosts. Needs another cultivar for pollination. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Thin fruits if necessary

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or budding onto a clonal rootstock; quince rootstocks are usually used. The rootstock used will effect plant size

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Regular pruning required; a spur bearer

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, bullfinches, gall midges and blister mites

Diseases

No particular resistance or susceptibility