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Butt Pear

Butt Pear

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History: Believed to have been seeded in the 1700s, this pear was commonly grown in the area around Norton in England. Norton may be its place of origin which would explain its other common name, Norton Butt. Its interesting name could refer to a wooden cask but it was also a common surname in the area, so it may be named after the person who originally planted or discovered it. Despite its hazy origins, Butt was historically a popular variety for perry and remains so today. There is even an old saying about this variety: "Gather ye your Butts one year, mill them the next, and drink the year after."

Why We Grow It: It's hard to turn down a variety with such a name! On top of that, Butt produces a small greenish-yellow pear that makes a good quality juice. The fruit keeps exceptionally well for a perry pear and the tree boasts decent vigour. 

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 with a spreading growth habit, tends to be droopy or floppy, tends to bear fruit every other year but has good crops when it does. Slightly susceptible 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: Early November

Storage: Keeps until January when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Perry

Perry Properties:
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Acidity: Medium to High, TA >4.5 g/L
  • Tannins: Medium to High, >2 g/L
  • Taste: Astringent and fruity, average/good quality juice

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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