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Louise Bonne of Jersey pear trees

Pyrus communis

Louise Bonne is an old French pear variety, with a surprisingly modern "bi-coloured" appearance - the yellow/green skin usually has an attractive red flush. As a bonus the blossom is also more attractive than most pear varieties (and has some resistance to frost damage).

Louise Bonne was rated by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg as "A most delicious pear" - a description which is just as valid today. The flesh is sweet and melting, with a pronounced pear flavour.

Judging the right time to pick can be tricky, but keep a close eye on it from late August onwards (in the south of the UK, a bit later further north) and pick the pears when they are flushed but still quite hard - then ripen in a fruit bowl.

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How to grow

Louise Bonne is a reliable cropper and can be grown in most situations as long as it gets shelter and full sun.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

This pear originated in Avranches, Normandy, France in the 1780s, where it was known as Bonne Louise or Louise d'Avranches. It was soon taken to Jersey in the nearby Channel Islands, and from there became popular in Victorian England, where it was known as Louise Bonne de Jersey.

Louise Bonne of Jersey characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter

Problems

  • ScabSome resistance

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originFrance
    • Period of origin1750 - 1799
    • Fruit colourOrange flush
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit