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Beurré Giffard Pear
Beurré Giffard Pear

Beurré Giffard Pear

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History: Beurre Giffard was discovered as a chance seedling by Nicolas Giffard in 1825 in France. It was later introduced to the United States in 1850.

Why We Grow It: This French heirloom pear is one of the earliest ripening pears we offer. Its sweet, melting yet crisp flesh is similar to Bartlett with an excellent flavour.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous and very hardy with a spreading growth pattern, productive. Resistant to mildew and fireblight and very resistant to scab.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different pear variety (European or Asian) that blooms around the same time  

Flowering Time: Middle

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Early August

Storage: Keeps about a month when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100cm+
  • 1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • 50-80cm Whip
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