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Beurre Bosc pear

Beurre Bosc
A widely-grown French pear, with firm buttery flesh and golden russeted skin.

Beurre Bosc pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Beurre Bosc

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    2017 season

    • 8th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia

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    • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
    • Originates from: Dijon, France
    • Introduced: 1800s
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-308


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Gold
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Cooking result: Keeps shape
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking period: mid-September
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Poor
    • Canker: Some susceptibility
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Beurre Bosc pear trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Beurre Bosc:



    • The Book of Pears (2015)
      Author: Morgan
    • The Fruit Manual
      Author: Hogg

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