Winter Nelis pear trees

Winter Nelis pear tree

Winter Nelis is a late-season dessert pear which keeps well through the winter. It is not perhaps the prettiest of pears, but with this is one you grow for flavour - few others come close.

The Belgian city of Mechelen - more commonly known in fruit-growing circles by its French name of Malines - was a focal point for the development of new pear varieties at the start of the 19th century. Winter Nelis was raised here in the early 1800s and is arguably the best-flavoured of Belgian pears - although its compatriot Josephine de Malines is also extremely good.

It was introduced to England in 1818, and rated by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg as "one of the richest flavoured pears".

Winter Nelis pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 24 October (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

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 £32.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock £18.95

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 Winter Nelis

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Winter Nelis

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

How to grow Winter Nelis pear trees

Robert Hogg also notes one of the main drawbacks of Winter Nelis when grown in England - the flavour can fail to live up to is reputation. The main reason for this is lack of sunlight and warmth, and for this reason Winter Nelis is best grown in a sunny sheltered spot with a south-facing aspect. Wall-training on a south-facing wall would also be beneficial.

Winter Nelis also benefits from being grown on a semi-vigorous or vigorous rootstock to counter its weak-growing tendency.

Fruit size - and flavour - can be improved by thinning the fruitlets in early June.

Historical details

Winter Nelis was raised by M. Jean Charles Nelis of Malines in Belgium at the start of the 19th century.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Winter Nelis'


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