Jargonelle is a summer pear, ripening in late July in a good year. The medium-sized fruits have a sweet flavour, but do not keep.
Pear trees are known for their longevity, but Jargonelle has a particular reputation for being long-lived. A good choice for planting for future generations.
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Jargonelle is easy to grow and one of the hardiest of pears, and will tolerate most situations, although like all pears it does best in a warm sheltered spot. However it is suitable for less than perfect situations including cooler climates and partial shade.
Jargonelle is a triploid variety, which perhaps explains its hardy demeanour, but also means it is not a good pollinator of other varieties.
Whereas most pears (and apples) bear fruit on short spurs, Jargonelle is a "tip bearer", and the fruit is produced on the ends of shoots. This means it is not suitable for being trained as a fan or espalier, but the advantage is that you don't need to prune it.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
The origins of Jargonelle are unknown but it is certainly old and has been around for centuries. It is widely grown in the UK.