Obelisk pear trees

Obelisk pear tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Pollination partners

Obelisk is a new columnar dwarf pear variety. It takes up very little space in the garden, as it grows with a particularly upright habit.

The medium-sized pears are mostly green, sometimes with a red flush, and ripen quite late - early to mid-October. They can be kept for several months over winter in a fridge or cold store, and have a mild flavour and firm flesh.

A further useful feature of Obelisk is that - unlike the vast majority of pears - it is reliably self-fertile and can be grown without another pear tree nearby for cross-pollination.

Obelisk pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - Quince A rootstock £33.45

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince Eline rootstock £19.50
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A 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.

Summary features of Obelisk

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?

Uses

Identification

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?

Pollination guide for Obelisk

Obelisk is in flowering group 3. Obelisk 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. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other pear trees.

How to grow Obelisk pear trees

We graft most of these trees on Quince A rootstock, which is usually semi-vigorous, but Obelisk is a naturally dwarfing variety and is unlikely to reach more than about 2.5m or so in the longer term, with a spread of less than 1m. The branches are not stubs (as in Ballerina apple trees) or spurs (as in cordon-trained apples and pears), instead they grow to a normal length - but they curve upwards and stay close to the main stem.

The naturally dwarf habit of Obelisk also makes this a good variety for growing in a large pot or planter on a terrace or patio.

Little or no pruning is required for this variety.

Historical details

Obelisk was developed in Slovakia.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Obelisk'


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