Winnal's Longdon Pear

Winnal's Longdon Pear

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History: Winnal's Longdon was raised by a Mr. Winnall in the parish of Weston-under-Penyard, a village in England, around 1790. Despite being named after Winnall, Winnal's Longdon is now commonly misspelled with only one 'L' after it was recorded incorrectly in the 1920s. This pear is still grown in small quantities in England. 

Why We Grow It: This old English variety is a high quality perry pear. It was blended with Hendre Huffcap to form a perry which won the Long Ashton Perry competition many years in a row. The tree is known for its vigorous growth, heavy crops, and high resistance to scab which make it quite suitable for organic production.

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: Vigorous and sturdy, produces heavy crops. 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

Ripens: Mid October

Storage: Process within a week

Recommended Use: Perry

Perry Properties:*
  • Class: Medium
  • Sugar: SG 1058
  • Acidity: Medium to High, TA 5.7 g/L
  • Tannins: Low, 1.1 g/L
  • Recommendations: Good as a single-variety perry and in blends, blends well with Hendre Huffcap

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100cm+
  • 1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip: less than 100 cm

*Information based on John Worle Cider Apple & Perry Pear Trees