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Onward pear trees

Onward pear tree
RHS AGM for Onward

Onward is an attractive yellow pear, often with an orange flush, and occasionally some russet. The flavour is of high quality and it is a reliable cropper - all in all, an excellent garden pear variety.

Onward was developed from the well-known French variety Doyenne du Comice, usually considered the best-flavoured of all pears, but somewhat fussy in its requirements. The goal was to retain the excellent flavour and texture of Comice but in a tree that was easier to grow in the UK.

Onward pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - Quince Eline rootstock £33.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - Quince A rootstock £33.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - Quince A rootstock £37.95 Sold outalert me

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
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - Quince A rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - Quince A rootstock £30.95

Bare-root cordon fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) Cordon - bare-root - Quince A rootstock  less than 5 in stock £26.95

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 Onward

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Scab: Some resistance?

Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM

Climate

Pollination guide for Onward

Onward is in flowering group 4. Onward is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Onward pear trees

Far easier to grow in almost every respect than Doyenne du Comice, crops are reliable and the blossom is usefully resistant to spring frosts.

The main horticultural challenge is that it can be difficult to spot when Onward pears are ripe, so you need to be alert from mid-September onwards in the UK, to make sure you pick the crop at the right time. The pears should be picked when still relatively hard and ripened in a fruit bowl, as they will not ripen correctly on the tree.

Note that contrary to what our pollination notes say, Onward will not reliably pollinate Doyenne du Comice or vice versa - they are too closely related.

Historical details

Developed at the National Fruit Trials at Wisley, in Surrey. 1940s. It is a cross of Doyenne du Comice and an old Laxton's variety called Superb.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Onward'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.