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Winter Nelis pear

A very highly regarded late-season dessert pear from Belgium, with an excellent sweet flavour. The fruits keep well.

Winter Nelis identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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United Kingdom


  • Species: Pyrus communis
  • Originates from: Mechelen / Malines, Belgium
  • Introduced: 1818
  • Developed by: M. Jean Charles Nelis
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2044
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-319


  • Fruit size: Medium


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Some skill needed
  • General disease resistance: Poor


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

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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