Perry Pears

We have a selection of Perry Pear trees for sale again having lapsed our production for a few years. Traditionally grown in the three counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire they make large long lived trees and the fruit is used to make Perry. Grown on strong growing wild pear rootstock (Pyrus communis).

Trees are available as 'maidens' or as taller two year 'straight leader' trees. The latter are for collection only because of their extra height.

Discount information - the following discounts apply on total order value, excluding carriage - 5% on 5+ trees, 10% on 10+ trees. Carriage based on quantity - see the Delivery page for more details.

Perry Pear trees are dispatched between late November and early April when dormant.

Having ordered we will reserve and confirm your order before being in contact as soon as we can during the dormant season to arrange delivery or collection.

  • Barnet

    Barnet

    £17.00

    A moderately vigorous variety that develops spreading head. Heavy cropping, starting at an early age. Pears turbinate in shape with greenish yellow skin with an orange red flush. Harvest early to mid October. Fruits are easily shaken off tree when ripe. Produces a pleasant light perry.

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  • Blakeney Red

    Blakeney Red

    £12.00

    A well known variety found throughout the three counties. Pears pyriform or turbinate in shape and quite large for a Perry pear. Yellow skin flushed red. Makes a good quality perry. Mid season flowering. Harvest late Sept / early Oct. Small trees, approx 3-4', available hence reduced price.

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  • Brandy

    Brandy

    £17.00

    Grows to be a small to medium sized tree. It is a good cropper from an early age. Pears turbinate in shape. Skin pale green or yellowish green that is usually flushed bright red. Harvest in October and mill up to a month after gathering. Produces a rather dark strong perry.

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  • Gin

    Gin

    £17.00

    Of medium vigour with slightly spreading branching. Heavy cropping when it gets going, but can be biennial. Pears broadly turbinate having an almost round appearance. Skin green with an orange flush. Harvest - mid October. Has the advantage of a long milling period once harvested.

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  • Hendre Huffcap

    Hendre Huffcap

    £17.00

    A variety with desirable qualities producing a pleasant light perry of good quality. Heavy and regular cropper. Pears elliptical in shape with green or yellow green skin and a slight orange flush. Harvest early October and mill within two weeks.

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  • Judge Amphlett

    Judge Amphlett

    £17.00

    Once fruiting cropping regular and heavy. Pears yellow or greenish yellow and pyriform in shape. Produces a very pleasant medium acid, low tannin, light perry. Early flowering. Harvest - late Sept / early Oct.

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  • Moorcroft

    Moorcroft

    £12.00

    A deservedly widely grown Perry pear because of the high quality of its perry. Yellow or yellow green pears turbinate in shape. Produces a medium acid, medium tannin perry of high quality. Mid season flowering. Harvest - late September. Small trees, approx 3', available hence reduced price.

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  • Thorn

    Thorn

    £12.00

    A small tree in maturity with an upright habit. Crops well, producing pyriform shaped pears of a good size with a yellow skin. Harvested late September. A variety that used to be planted for dessert or culinary pears, but now considered too astringent. However it produces a very good quality perry. Small trees, approx 2.5-3', available hence reduced price.

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  • Butt

    Butt

    £17.00

    Widely planted in the past this variety makes a large tree of spreading, even drooping habit. The pears are usually turbinate in shape with green or yellowish skin. One of the later picked varieties in early November. Produces a good quality fruity perry.

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For many generations the growing of Pears for making Perry has played an important role in the three counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire. The orchards had their heyday in the late 1700s & early 1800s and remnants of these orchards remain today because Perry Pears are very long lived trees becoming sizeable specimens.

The growing and making of Perry is a tradition that has not spread outside the three counties. It was drunk in large quantities by all, with farm laboureres often receiving part of their wages as perry. Perry was sent to London and other areas of large popualation particularly in times of conflict with the French when imports of wine were reduced.

In the past each farm & estate made its own Perry often from a single variety propagated in a very small area. Hence one variety that dominated in one parish, or even one farm could be unknown just a few miles away! Other varieties became more widepread, perhaps having gained a reputation for their medicinal qualities!

There are over 120 varieties of Perry Pear covered by over 200 names. Synonyms are numerous so there is often confusion over names! Many variety names are very descriptive and maybe apt! - Merrylegs, Lumber, Dead Boy. Some others named are after their area of origin ie Turner's Barn, Teddington Green.

Perry pears seem to require more sunshine & warmth than provided by usual english summers, which may be one reason Perry pear growing has not become as widespread as cider. Fruits of many of the varieties rot as soon as they fall off the tree, therefore need to be milled immediately after harvesting. This results in many single variety perrys, unlike with cider where different varieties are blended.