Baronne de Mello is a late season dessert pear with a well-regarded flavour, developed by the leading 19th century Belgian fruit enthusiast Van Mons.
It is typical example of the high quality pears being developed in Belgium in the early 19th century. The fruit size is small - but you grow this one for the flavour, which is very good.
Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.
We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.
Baronne de Mello is in flowering group 3. Baronne de Mello is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other pear trees.
Like many Belgian pears, Baronne de Mello likes a fairly warm continental climate. Although it is a regular cropper, when grown in the UK it needs a good summer and autumn to develop the full flavour it is capable of. Plant it in a sheltered spot in full sun for the best results.
Baronne de Mello was raised in Belgium in the early 19th century by Jean-Baptiste Van Mons.
Van Mons is perhaps the single most important figure in the development of modern pears. He initiated the golden age of pears in the early 19th century, in which Belgium led the world - partly as a result of his own prolific breeding programme, but also from his extensive correspondence and encouragement of other enthusiasts, as well as his book "Arbres Fruitiers" published in the 1830s.
This variety was originally known by a number of different names, but was eventually given its current name by a Parisian nurseryman. He followed common practice at the time by choosing to associate the new variety with a society lady, Baronne de Mello, whose estate was just to the north of Paris.
All our trees are grown in the UK.