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Beurre Hardy pear trees

Pyrus communis
Beurre Hardy
Beurre Hardy has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritBeurre Hardy is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A classic French pear with a very good flavour, but grows best in a warm sheltered situation.

Beurre Hardy pear trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree Quince Eline rootstock £47.00
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  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Quince A rootstock £44.00
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  • PG3Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree Quince A rootstock £48.50
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Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree Quince Eline rootstock £32.95
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  • BR21-year bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £27.95
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  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £32.50
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  • BR4Cordon-trained bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £34.95
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  • BR52-year half-standard bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £37.25
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Beurre Hardy is a classic French pear from the early 19th century, which has long been popular in England.

Beurre Hardy has an excellent flavour, and the buttery melting flesh which is characteristic of the best quality French pears.

As with most high quality pears, pick when still firm / hard, and ripen indoors.

How to grow

Beurre Hardy performs best in the south and east of the UK, in areas with good soils and plenty of warmth and sunlight. Provided conditions are right it is a reliable cropper and quite easy to grow.

The leaves turn a characteristic dull red in autumn.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Raised by M. Bonnet, a fruit enthusiast from Boulogne in northern France, around 1820. Named after M. Hardy, a Director of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

Beurre Hardy characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Flavour style (apples)Aromatic

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome susceptibility

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colourRusset
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)