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Pear, Williams' Bon Chretien

Pyrus communis Williams' Bon Chrétien

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  • Type/Rootstock

    Maiden, Quince A, Bare Root (Pre-order (Plants not dormant))

  • £24.95
Size / Type Price per item for
Price per item for 1+
Maiden QA Br
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Br = Bare Root Plant, Maidn = Maiden
    Rootstock - Quince A

    VAT is not chargeable on these plants.

Probably the most widely grown pear throughout the world. Flesh pale green ripening to golden yellow. Regular cropper, good flavour, sweet and strong, very juicy. Pick when green a few days before ripening. Very hardy and reliable, but avoid planting in very wet areas. Found in a garden in Aldermaston, Berkshire in 1760s. In 1797 it was taken to the United States and renamed there as Bartlett where it is still one of the most important pears.


Pear, Williams' Bon Chretien is in pollination group 3, and requires a pollinator. Choose a pollinator in group 2, 3 or 4, click here for a list of suitable pears trees.

Pear, Williams' Bon Chretien is available as:

Br = Bare Root Plant

Maiden - A maiden tree is a single stemmed tree which has not been trained so can be trained into whatever form you wish. It typically is between 1-2 metres tall and will have a few side shoots.

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.


Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.


Rootstocks are used to restrict the vigour of fruit trees and allow a range to grow in a small space. They can also contribute to the disease resisting abilities of the plant.[from RHS - Update]

Quince A - A semi-vigorous rootstock that is suitable for growing fan, cordon, bush, central leader, half-standard and espalier trees. Typically fruits after 4 years and requires staking for 5 years. Tree spacing 3-4.5m (10-15ft). Ultimate height as trained as bush: 3-4.5m (10-15ft).

    • SKU
  • Pollination
    • Pollination Group
      Group 3
    • Self Fertile
  • Type/Rootstock
    • Type/Rootstock
      Maiden, Quince A, Bare Root
    • Plant Type
    • Rootstock
      Quince A
  • Fruit Type
    • Fruit Type
  • Season of Use
    • Season of Use
      Early September
    • Month
  • Old English Variety
    • Old English Variety
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators