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Pyrus communis 'Louise Bonne of Jersey' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres, 1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres, 0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

pear 'Louise Bonne of Jersey'

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

<p align="left">‘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. Not compatible with 'William's Bon Chrétien'. Pollination group 2

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

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. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Thin fruit if necessary

Soil

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wildlife Gardens or 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, gall midges, pear and cherry slugworm and pear blister mite

Diseases

Susceptible to pear scab. Brown rot, blossom wilt, fireblight and replant diseases may also be troublesome