Packham's Triumph pear treesPyrus communis
Perhaps the best known Australian pear, producing large quantities of small but sweet-flavoured pears.
Packham's Triumph pear trees for sale
BR11-year bare-root tree Pyrodwarf rootstock £29.75
(3m-4m after 10 years)
Order now for delivery from November for pot grown trees or January onwards for bare-root trees. Mixed pot grown and bare-root trees orders will be sent out from January onwards.
Packham's Triumph is a 19th century Australian pear, which produces abundant crops of well-flavoured golden-green pears.
It is hardy and easy to grow, but benefits from a sheltered sunny position.
How to grow
As might be expected of an Australian pear variety, Packham's Triumph likes a sheltered position, a dry climate, and plenty of sun. If these requirements are met it is easy to grow and a heavy and reliable cropper.
Whilst it is usual to pick pears in the UK slightly under-ripe to allow ripening in a fruit bowel, you may want to experiment with letting Packham's Triumph ripen on the tree.
Fruit size can be slightly small if the tree is allowed to set too heavy a crop - if this happens, thin the fruitlets in June.
Packham's Triumph is particularly suitable for cross-pollination with Josephine de Malines, and also the Asian pear variety Nijisseiki.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Packham's Triumph was developed by Charles Packham of Molong, New South Wales, Australia, in the 1890s. Packham was a commercial grower and this was a period of dramatic expansion of the New South Wales orchard industry. The new variety's reliable cropping and good keeping qualities made it an immediate success.
Packham's Triumph inherits its flavour from the well-known and high quality Williams Bon Chretien pear, also known as Bartlett.
Its other parent is a rare variety called Uvedale's St. Germain which was found in England in the 17th century, although it may have been imported from France. This pear, primarily used as a culinary variety, appears to have contributed long keeping and reliability to the mix.
Packham's Triumph characteristics
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Flowering group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
- Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
- Food usesEating fresh
- Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
- CankerSome susceptibility
- Country of originAustralia
- Period of origin1850 - 1899
- Fruit colourGreen - light