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Louise Bonne of Jersey pear trees

Pyrus communis
Louise Bonne of Jersey is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 2003
An attractive red-flushed French pear variety with sweet melting flesh.
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Louise Bonne of Jersey 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 12L pot-grown tree Quince A rootstock £57.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR12-year bush-trained bare-root tree Quince Eline rootstock £47.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR2Cordon-trained bare-root tree Quince Eline rootstock £49.00
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR31-year bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £38.25
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

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This variety is also available for delivery to Europe. Contact us for details.

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.

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.

It flowers early in the pear blossom season, typically 10-12 days ahead of Conference.

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
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colourOrange flush
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former)