We live in the north of Scotland and want to plant a pear tree but are not sure which variety would be most suitable, does any one have any advice on which would be best?
If you are only planting one tree, it has to be self fertile. Conference is self fertile, but I don't know how well it would fruit up North. You could train it on a wall to give it some protection
Barry, most pears need warmer temperatures than apple trees so the usual varieties are unlikely to do well. Pollination will also be an issue in the colder climate as there may not be many bees or other pollinating insects about when they blossom so hand-pollination may be necessary. If you really want to give it a go, I found this Canadian site with recommended varieties - see if you can find any of them from UK suppliers:
Barry, I'm in Aberdeenshire and love pears but was advised by a gardener at Fyvie Castle Garden of Historic Scottish Fruit that pears are very tricky indeed up here. Too cold. They grow espaliered pears on the south facing walls of a very sheltered, high-walled enclosed garden, and they have trouble with them.....so.....I've decided not to bother!
Oh, that does not sound promising.
I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE, BASED IN PERTHSHIRE, BUT THEY MAY BE ABLE TO ADVISE YOU.
SOME PEARS ARE NOT SELF FERTILE AND YOU MIGHT NEED TO BUY TWO VARIETIES.
I live in central Scotland. Had a very old pear tree in the garden. Had two types of pears on it - main tree had round pears, the growth from below the graft had conference type pears. I had pears coming out of my ears most years. No idea of variety. Not particularly sheltered in a north facing garden!
Barry....how 'north' are you? A hundred miles or so can make a lot of difference. Does anyone else nearby manage to grow pears? Might be worth asking around, because if someone else can, then YOU can!
Friend has a pear tree in Morayshire. are you that far north?
I am indeed, hogweed, don't know about Barry...
Does it get fruit??
Yes, lots of fruit.
Barry's about 20 miles north of Inverness neading towards Tain.
Oh that's pretty far north! Best of luck, if you decide to go for it!
Not that much further than moray then.
Might have a chance, need to get the right variety i think, any ideas?
AS ABOVE, VIZ:
Sweet & Juicy, mid, on pear seedling
Early, on Pear & quince Eline
Scottish, pear seedling
Heritage; on quinceA
Big fruit! On pear & quinceA
Reliable SF variety on quince Eline
Margaret’s favourite too. On pear & QuinceA
On pear seedling
Early russet pear on pear seedling
Fair Maid of Perth*
Local lass on pear seedling
Tasty modern pear on quinceA
AKA Gold Knob Scarce Scottish pear
Early, reliable. On pear seedling
Another local on pear seedling
The Hazel Pear of the Clyde Valley. On pear and quinceA
Tip-bearing, old pear of Perth. On pear
Brought to Scotland by the Black Douglas..? on pear seedling
Louise Bonne de Jersey
Reliable & early; pear and quinceA
Scottish pear on quince and pear
Precoce de Trevoux
Heritage pear on pear seedling
Another Carse of Gowrie pear; on quinceA
Williams Bon Chretien
Popular juice-monger on quince Eline
The Willowgate Sausage Pear *
A very special pear, juicy and prolific. Found in 3 orchards in Perthshire and with no genetic match in National Fruit Collection. Fruit rather sausage shaped! Officially known only by a reference number, probably a lost Scots variety. On pear and quince A.
Jeez, Pansy! Maybe you should email that list to Fyvie Castle!
Blimey! that's a long list, any advice on which one would be best for a sheltered sunny spot grown by a beginner?
Thanks for the list.
AS MENTIONED ABOVE, TRY ASKING PLANTS AND APPLES FOR ADVICE.
I can't comment on types as i have no clue what I have (the two trees came with the house one is a soft comice type eater and the other a cooker I feel) But I live up in Northern Denmark, (same lattitude as Aberdeen) and have two pear trees on a very exposed site. they do get some shelter but not enough to stop them both being blown over when I bought the place, I've stood them back up, cleared some of the roses from around them, dumped a bucket of ash on both and this year I got 5kg from one tree, the other produced well last year. we get down to -15 for at least a few days each winter, and it stays in the - for 2-3 months. So I think unless you're high up in the highlands pears should be possible.
Skandi.....thank you for that! Gives me hope!