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Santa Claus pear trees

Pyrus communis
Santa Claus is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
As the name suggests, Santa Claus is a late ripening dessert pear which keeps until Christmas.

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Santa Claus is a late-season dessert pear or winter pear. It is usually picked in October and then allowed to ripen in storage for Christmas.

The pears are large, and heavily russeted, with a sweet juicy flesh.

Santa Claus also has some ornamental appeal - the spring blossom is attractive and the leaves take on fiery-red tints in the autumn.

How to grow

Santa Claus does best in a warm sheltered location. Cropping can be light in UK conditions.

Santa Claus is not self-fertile, but readily cross-pollinates with other late-flowering pears.

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Santa Claus is thought to have originated from France in the 19th century. It was introduced to the RHS in the UK in 1905 by Colonel Brymer, who had obtained trees from Belgium.

Santa Claus characteristics


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


  • Picking monthOctober
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Food usesEating fresh


  • Disease resistanceGood
  • ScabVery resistant


  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourGreen - lightRusset
  • Fruit sizeLarge