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Catillac pear

A traditional late-season French culinary pear, dating from the reign of Louis XIV.

Catillac pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Catillac

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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    United States

    • Anton in Pittsboro, NORTH CAROLINA

    United Kingdom


    • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
    • Originates from: Versailles, France
    • Introduced: 1665
    • Developed by: Bonnefond
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-320


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Red
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Catillac pear trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


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

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