Pyrus communis ‘Conference’ (D)

  • Other common names pear ‘Conference’
  • Family Rosaceae
  • Genus Pyrus are deciduous trees or shrubs with oval leaves and scented white flowers in spring, followed by green or brown fruits, edible in some species
  • Details ‘Conference’ is a dessert pear, 2.5-8m tall depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit green. Pollination group 3; can set fruit without being pollinated. Season of use: October to November


How to grow

Cultivation Suitable for all training forms. Flowers early and so at risk from spring frosts. Can set fruit without pollination, but tends to fruit better if cross pollinated by another cultivar. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Fruit thinning may be needed

Propagation Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a clonal rootstock for fruit; quince rootstocks are usually used. The rootstock used largely determine the size

Suggested planting locations and garden types Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Regular pruning required; a spur bearer

Pests May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, bullfinches, pear midge, pear blister mite and pear and cherry slugworm

Diseases No particular resistance or susceptibility. It may be affected by pear rust, brown rot, pear scab, blossom wilt and fireblight.