Gorham pear trees

Gorham pear tree
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Gorham

Gorham is a high quality American pear, but with an all European-ancestry. Its juicy melting flesh is very typical of the best European pears of the 19th century, and it is related to both the English Williams pear and Belgian Josephine de Malines.

Gorham can perhaps best be considered an improved Williams pear. From Josephine de Malines it gets better keeping qualities and an improved flavour (even though Williams is already well-regarded for flavour).

Like Williams, Gorham is versatile - as well as being a superb dessert pear, it is also useful for cooking and bottling.

Gorham pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 13th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pyrodwarf rootstock £19.50

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Gorham

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    2006
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

Climate

Pollination guide for Gorham

Gorham is in flowering group 4. Gorham is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Gorham pear trees

Being an American pear with a European pedigree, it is perhaps no surprise that Gorham does best in dry sunny climates. It should perform well in the south-east of the UK, but elsewhere be sure to choose a sunny spot, preferably in front of a south-facing wall.

Gorham also has a very good level of disease-resistance, and its excellent pedigree ensures it is a good and reliable cropper.

The fruit size is relatively large by pear standards - provided you thin the fruitlets in late spring.

Historical details

Gorham was raised in1910 at the famous New York State Agriculture Experiment Station at Geneva, New York - now part of Cornell University.

Gorham is a cross between Josephine de Malines and Williams, two classic old world pears. Williams, also known as Bartlett in the USA, had proved very well-suited to the North American climate and by the late 19th century was a well-established commercial variety. Williams was therefore a natural starting point for American growers, but despite being an improvement over Bartlett by virtue of its later-ripening and better keeping qualities as well as a superior flavour, it has not achieved the commercial success of its ancestor.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Gorham'


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