Summer 2024Pre-orders are now open. Deliveries will begin again in September for pot grown trees and December for bare-rooted or mixed tree orders.
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Obelisk® pear trees

Pyrus communis
Obelisk
Obelisk is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
A useful dwarf pear tree for small gardens, it grows with a tidy upright habit and is self-fertile.

Obelisk 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 £59.00
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • PG2Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree Quince A rootstock £63.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £38.25
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £47.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year half-standard bare-root tree Quince A rootstock £48.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree Pyrodwarf rootstock £40.50
    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.

Obelisk is a new columnar dwarf pear variety. It takes up very little space in the garden, as it grows with a particularly upright habit.

The medium-sized pears are mostly green, sometimes with a red flush, and ripen quite late - early to mid-October. They can be kept for several months over winter in a fridge or cold store, and have a mild flavour and firm flesh.

A further useful feature of Obelisk is that - unlike the vast majority of pears - it is reliably self-fertile and can be grown without another pear tree nearby for cross-pollination.

How to grow

We graft most of these trees on Quince A rootstock, which is usually semi-vigorous, but Obelisk is a naturally dwarfing variety and is unlikely to reach more than about 2.5m or so in the longer term, with a spread of less than 1m. The branches are not stubs (as in Ballerina apple trees) or spurs (as in cordon-trained apples and pears), instead they grow to a normal length - but they curve upwards and stay close to the main stem.

The naturally dwarf habit of Obelisk also makes this a good variety for growing in a large pot or planter on a terrace or patio.

Little or no pruning is required for this variety.

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History

Obelisk was developed in Slovakia.

Obelisk characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Food usesEating fresh

Identification

  • Country of originSlovakia