Perry Pears were large trees living up to 300 years, grown from at least Saxon times in the West Midlands and more recently in Somerset. They are beautiful trees, however, which deserve a place in everyone's orchard today. There were over 100 varieties of Perry Pear identified in Gloucestershire, many of which were popular from before the written record of them, over 300 years ago. Their names speak of a lost rural world!
Perry Pears have strong resistance to diseases like canker and scab, and have prolific early blossom. Perry as a drink was never as popular as cider as its quality was variable and too weather dependent. As a consequence many trees have been grubbed up over the past century, and this fascinating and valuable part of our national heritage is under threat.
Best Quality Perry: Barland, Butt, Gin, Green Horse, Hendre Huffcap, Winnal's Longdon, Yellow Huffcap.
Sweet Perry: Low acidity and low tannin: Barnet, Hendre Huffcap, Red Pear.
Medium Sharp Perry: Medium acidity, low tannin: Blakeney Red, Brandy, Gin, Green Horse, Hartpury Green, Hellens Early, Judge Amphlett, Merrylegs, Thorn, Turner's Barn, Winnal's Longdon, Yellow Huffcap.
Bittersharp Perry: High acidity and tanin - astringent but make good perry: Barland, Butt, Oldfield.
Smaller sized trees: Brandy, Merrylegs, Oldfield, Thorn.
Our Perry Pears are grown on Quince 'A', which will give you a tree up to 4.5m. These trees will produce fruit much more quickly than those grown on Pyrus communis. The plants we sell are "bush size" - sturdy 125-150cm.
We also sell 5 selected trees as a collection.
Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd. We donate half of our profit on sales of Perry Pears to Common Ground
All our perry pear trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season - between November and March - there may be up to a month’s delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for perry pear trees from March to September are confirmed in late October/ early November ready for dispatch from November. Please consult our planting and care guide on receipt of your order.
The picture shows 'Parsonage' in blossom in the orchard at our old house, with a perry pear's strong healthy foliage. A shame you can't hear the bees!