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Beurre Hardy pear trees

Pyrus communis
Beurre Hardy

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.

Beurre Hardy pear trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR1Cordon-trained bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year half-standard bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £36.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

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
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome susceptibility

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originFrance
    • Period of origin1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colourRusset
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit