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Joséphine de Malines pear

Juicy, sweet, vinous, floral melting flesh - this is perhaps the essential Belgian pear. Ripens late and keeps very well.

Joséphine de Malines identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Josephine de Malines pear
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Tree register

United Kingdom


Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 14th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia

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  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Originates from: Malines, Belgium
  • Introduced: early 1800s
  • Developed by: Major Esperen
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2043
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1970-043


  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Small


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile

Offspring of this variety


  • Scab  - Some resistance

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.


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

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