Advice on Buying Pear Trees

Pear Trees - Help with Buying pear trees

Buying pear trees is easy as long as you follow a couple of simple rules. when you know how. Hopefully we cover all the important things about our pear trees for sale but if you think we have left something out, please tell us

Pear Trees and garden size

Your available space will determine the size of tree that you can grow. There are 2 groups of options:

  1. Pear Trees trained on Wires or Posts :
    These space-saving shapes are grown flat against walls, fences, posts or over arches.
    A popular form for growing along a fence is a cordon, which is the smallest option, while fans and espaliers are great for covering a larger wall area.
  • Most our pear trees are available as ready made cordons. If not they are easily trained from a maiden
  • We do not grow pear trees as fans or espaliers as they are too hard to ship. If you want one, buy a maiden (this is the smallest you can buy) and prune it into the desired shape.


  1. Free Standing Pear Trees:
    These are "proper" trees and give the biggest crops.
    Bush pear trees are simply short tree with a main trunk about 60cm tall and a final height of about 3 metres - ideal for the average garden.
    Half standard pear trees are the biggest starting size. They have a main trunk of about 1.2 metres reach a final height of 4-5 metres. They need space & a big, secure ladder to harvest it when mature.
  • Most of the pear trees for sale are available as ready to go young bushes & half standards, with the most important formative pruning already done.

We sell our pear trees in 4 starting sizes:

  1. A year old, sapling pear tree is called a maiden and can be trained into any size or shape you desire.
    This is the cheapest option, but will also take the longest to bear fruit. If you want to make a fan or espalier, you must start with a maiden.
  2. For safe and easy harvesting in a limited space, a cordon pear tree is short and trained on a wire.
  3. A bush shaped tree great for the average garden, with a short trunk that will keep its final height down to about 3 metres.
  4. If you want a big tree as soon as possible, a half standard is the best size for you.
  5. All our pear trees are grown on "Quince A" rootstocks. These are the best "universal" rootstocks, producing a tree 4-5 metres tall if you let it grow freely. They are also fine for cordons & other trained shapes.

Think about Pollination and Fruit Type

Most pear trees need a pollination partner, which must be another pear tree of a different variety that is in flower at about the same time.
There are a few pear trees that are self-fertile, These produce viable fruit by themselves but crop better if they are cross pollinated.

For a full overview, have a look at our guide to Pear Tree Pollination.

Pears are usually classed as eaters or cookers:

  • Eaters tend to have very soft, very juicy flesh and a sweet flavour.
  • Cookers tend to have firm to hard, crisp flesh that keeps it's shape after cooking. They usually have a more acidic flavour when eaten fresh.
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