Garden pear in Central Russia

One of the representatives of the Rosaceae family is a pear. This fruit tree in the wild is distributed throughout the continent of Eurasia from the southernmost territories to 55-60 ° north latitude. The ancient Greeks began to grow a pear as a garden plant in Europe. In Russia, Josef Gertner, professor of botany and director of the botanical garden of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, began breeding work to improve the taste of fruits and increase the frost resistance of pears in the 18th century. This article will discuss modern varieties of this fruit tree that have worked well in Central Russia.

How to choose the most, most ...

Today, there are thousands of varieties of pears. From this variety, I want to choose the best, one that will delight the whole family with beauty and delicious fruits. What are the characteristics of choosing a pear for your garden? First of all, by the method of application - they want to plant a decorative or fruit tree on their site.

Decorative pears

Our gardens and personal plots are rarely decorated with decorative pears, although these trees look very impressive and are successfully used in landscape design of parks in Central Russia. An example of such decorative trees is the pear loosestrife.

Pear loosestrife

This ornamental tree, up to six meters high, stands out against the background of other greenery with a spherical crown with drooping branches covered with silvery narrow leaves. In April-May, she looks especially elegant in a white flowering outfit. Her fruits are small, green. They are not eaten. The tree is unpretentious, can grow even on sandy soil or in urban conditions not very favorable for plants, loves a lot of light, easily survives drought, but does not tolerate stagnation of water.

Pear loosestrife on a photo

Flowering branch of the pear loosestrife

Loosestrife pear tree

Branch with fruits of the pear loosestrife

Garden pear

Fruit trees of this species in Central Russia grow less often than apple trees. Pears tolerate lower temperatures worse, but varieties with increased winter hardiness and early ripening allow harvesting in conditions of not very long summers and harsh winters.

What varieties of pears are not afraid of frost

Information on the frost resistance of most varieties of pears in their descriptions is expressed in one word - high. Even less about what frosts a tree can carry without damage are messages: “at the level of old Russian pear varieties” or “at the level of Bessemninka”. For gardeners: Pear trees of old Russian varieties and Bessemyanka, in particular, can withstand frost to -38 ° C, their flower buds to -34 ° C, and the ovary to -2 ° C. When testing pear varieties for inclusion in the state register, these indicators serve as a standard. The list below includes modern pear varieties, which in terms of resistance to frost may well correspond to the reference.

Table of the main characteristics of winter-hardy pear varieties

Grade name Winter hardiness Crown shape Adult tree height Fruit Ripening period Features




Belarussian latehigh
  • rounded
  • thick.
mid-layer4.2110–120universalzineybears fruit

on the gloves. *

  • rounded
  • drooping;
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.680universalsummerstored for up to two months.
Moscow coasthigh
  • rounded
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.2120universalearly fallhigh stability

to scab and fruit rot.

Bryansk beautyhigh
  • rounded
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.8205universallate summerhigh resistance to scab and powdery mildew.
  • drooping; pyramidal.
mid-layer4.6120universalautumnfrost-resistant ovary

to - 2 ° C.

Prominenthighnarrow pyramidal.mid-layer4.4120universalsummerstable, high productivity.
  • drooping;
  • wrong
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.4100universallate fallovary resistant to frost

up to -2 ° C.

  • compact
  • thin.
tall4, 580universalearly summer
  • bears fruit on the glove; *
  • resistant to fungal diseases.
Dessert Luxuriousabove average
  • pyramidal; rare.
tall4, 5up to 200dining roomlate summer
  • eating fruits unripe;
  • Consumer period of 80 days.
Thumbelinahighroundmid-layer4.870dining roomautumnfruits are capable of winter storage;
Cathedralhighconicalmid-layer4.0110universalsummerfruits are stored for 10-12 days.
Beauty Chernenkoat the level of zoned varieties
  • rare;
  • narrow pyramidal
tall4.3150-200universalautumnwith a healthy harvest

get smaller.

  • conical;
  • thick
mid-layer4.4100-120universalearly summerresistant to scab.
  • pyramidal;
  • medium density
  • long shelf life of fruits;
  • resistant to scab.
Klapp's favorite;increased
  • pyramidal;
  • not thick
  • keeping time 10-15 days;
  • disease resistance is increased.
Yakovlev's favoriteabove average
  • pyramidal;
  • thin.
tall4.9130-190dining roomautumn
  • affected by scab;
  • young and adult shoots are equally resistant to low temperatures.
Muscoviteabove average
  • conical;
  • thick.
mid-layer4.0130dining roomautumnfruits are stored 25-30 days.
Marbleabove average
  • pyramidal;
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.8120-160dining roomsummer
  • relatively resistant to scab;
  • maximum fruit life is 60–70 days.
Dressed Efimovaaverage
  • pyramidal;
  • medium density.
tall4.0110–135dining roomautumn
  • weakly affected by scab;
  • in a cool room, the fruits acquire an optimal taste and can be stored for 2-3 weeks.
Not bighigh
  • pyramidal; compact
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.322; maximum - 46technicalautumn
  • fruit keeping time 15–25 days;
  • self-sterile variety;
  • the best pollinators: Veselinka, Olenyok, Sibiryachka, Krasnoyarsk large.
  • round oval;
  • sprawling; medium thickened.
mid-layer4.399technicallate fall
  • maximum fruit life at 0 ° C for 100–120 days;
  • highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions and diseases.
Autumn Susovaabove averagepyramidal.mid-layer4, 5–4, 8150 - 250universalautumnno scab lesion was noted;

fruits are stored until December in an ordinary basement.

In memory of Yakovlevabove average
  • compact
  • thick.
undersized4.4125universalearly fall
  • resistant to scab;
  • bears fruit on the glove; *
  • fruits are stored up to 1.5 months.
Memory of Zhegalovabove average
  • conical;
  • rare.
  • self-infertility (varieties of pollinators: Bergamot of Moscow, Lyubimitsa Yakovleva);
  • fruits are stored up to 25-30 days.
  • sprawling;
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.4115dining roomsummer
  • weakly affected by scab;
  • the fruits do not fall for 14–20 days.
Simply Mariahigh
  • pyramidal;
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.8180dining roomautumn
  • bears fruit on spears ** and ringworms;
  • disease resistance is increased.
  • round-pyramidal; medium density;
  • compact.
mid-layer4, 585universallate summer
  • the shelf life of the fruit is 1.5–2.2 months;
  • resistant to pests and diseases.
  • pyramidal;
  • thick;
  • compact.
mid-layer4.1-4.2125universallate summer
  • fruiting mainly on young gloves;
  • the taste of fruits with a nutmeg flavor and aroma.
  • pyramidal; sprawling;
  • medium density.
mid-layer4.395universalearly fall
  • relatively resistant to scab;
  • fruit storage period up to 90 days.
Skorospelka from Michurinskaverage
  • round-pyramidal; medium density.
mid-layer4.770technicalearly summer
  • fruit consumption period up to two weeks;
  • well pollinated by a variety of Memory of Yakovlev.
  • oval;
  • medium density.
dwarf4.1-4.2100 -120universallate summer
  • highly resistant to extreme environmental conditions and to diseases;
  • maximum fruit shelf life 60–120 days at 0 ° С.
Yurievskayahighpyramidaltall4, 5100 - 130universallate fall
  • bears fruit on the glove; *
  • fruit consumption period from 15.10.-31.12 when stored in the refrigerator.

** Kopyetso is a branch of 8–10 cm long, always straight and sits at a right angle on a large branch. * Kolchatka is a small branch, up to 6 cm long. It has one well-developed bud at the end.

Some frost-resistant pear varieties in the photo

Veleza pear branch

Branch with fruits of pear varieties Lada

Branch with fruits of a pear of a grade Vidnaya

Branch with the fruits of the pear cultivar Vernaya

Branch with fruits of a variety pear Children's

Branch with fruits of the pear variety Lyubimitsa Yakovleva

Branch with fruits of the pear variety Moskvichka

Branch with fruits of a pear of grade Naryadnaya Efimova

Branch with fruits of the pear Nevelichka

Branch with fruits of a pear of a variety of Memory of Yakovlev

Branch with fruits of the pear variety Pamyat Zhegalova

Branch with fruits of pear variety Severyanka

Branch with fruits of a pear of grade Yuryevskaya

When choosing a pear for planting, it is necessary to take into account not only the climate features of the area where the tree will be grown. The features of a particular site may also be important, is there enough free space for planting a new tree, what plantings are already there, and so on. After all, pear trees are very different not only in winter hardiness and ripening. They are very different in:

  • the height of an adult plant - from dwarf to tall;
  • type of crown - wide, narrow or columnar;
  • type of pollination - one or more trees are needed on the site for harvesting;
  • fruit size - large, medium or small;
  • fruit taste - sweet, sweet and sour or tart with bitterness.

What is affected by height

Pears completely different in other characteristics are combined into groups according to the height that the tree reaches in the tenth year of life.

Tall varieties

The crown of tall pears begins at a height of 1.5-1.8 m from the ground, and the total height of the tree reaches six meters. Any operations to care for them and harvest are very difficult due to the location of the branches at a considerable height. A representative of tall fruit trees can serve as a pear of the variety Beauty Chernenko.

Beauty Chernenko in the photo

Blossoming pear varieties Beauty Chernenko

Pear tree varieties Beauty Chernenko

Branch with the fruits of the pear varieties Beauty Chernenko

In the register of the State Commission of the Russian Federation for the Testing and Protection of Breeding Achievements, the Beauty pear variety Chernenko is recommended for cultivation in Central Russia. The narrow pyramidal crown of this strong-growing tree rises to a height of 6 m. It tolerates frosts to -25 ° C without problems. The productivity of Beauty Chernenko is stable and amounts to 12.7 tons per hectare. Fruits covered with delicate greenish-yellow skin with a beautiful red blush weigh up to 200 g each. An important positive quality of the variety is the resistance of the pear to scab.

Of the cultivation features, I can notice a very poor shoot-forming ability — it is necessary to get the skeleton — pinch or prune the ends of the branches, and they stubbornly want to look up — for the best skeleton, the branches have to be bent.

Grandson of Michurin, Michurinsk


In pear trees assigned to this group, the distance from the lower branches to the soil is from 60 to 150 cm. Pears of this type are most often found in summer cottages and garden plots of amateur gardeners. The height of these trees does not exceed 5 m. The pear of the Vidnaya variety raises the branches of the narrow-pyramidal crown exactly to this height.

Pear Visible in the photo

Visible pear tree with fruits

Vidnaya pear flowers

Prominent pears on a branch

My taste is exceptionally sweet without sourness. Even hard and immature ones have a sweet taste. Another aspect of this variety bears fruit on the ringworms (which, incidentally, is also indicated in the VNIISPK description). Perhaps the rootstock affects. Or maybe a different grade.

yri Trubchevsk, Bryansk region

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The lower branches of such pears are located at a distance of 55–70 cm above the ground, and the tree itself reaches 4–4.5 m in height. Late Belarusian pear gives a good idea of ​​stunted trees that have worked well in the North-West and Central regions of Russia.

Belarussian late photo

Blossoming pear varieties Belorussian late

Branch with fruits of the pear varieties Belorusskaya Late

Late Belarusian pear tree

This pear can withstand winter frosts to -30 ° C. The tree grows up to 4 m tall. In its round crown, orange-yellow fruits weighing 120 g each ripen at the end of September. The taste rating of these pears by tasters is 4.2 points. The yield obtained over several years of testing averaged 12.2 t / ha.

My taste is exceptionally sweet without sourness. Even hard and immature ones have a freshly sweet taste. Another aspect of this variety bears fruit on the ringworms (which, by the way, is also indicated in the description of VNIISPK). Perhaps the rootstock affects. Or maybe a different grade.

yri Trubchevsk, Bryansk region


The height of the trunk to the lower branches of such pears is not more than 40 cm. The height of an adult tree is about 3 m. Often, such trees are obtained by grafting pears of some sort on a dwarf plow. But there are dwarf forms of this plant. Pear Chizhovskaya is actually the root tree, that is, grown from a seed or cuttings, and not obtained by grafting it on a dwarf rootstock.

Pear variety Chizhovskaya in the photo

Branch with fruits of pear variety Chizhovskaya

Flowering pear varieties Chizhovskaya

Pear tree varieties Chizhovskaya

The oval crown of the Chizhovskaya pear rises no higher than 2.5 m. The frost resistance of the variety is high - up to -30 ° C. Yellowish-green with a pleasant sour-sweet taste, fruits weighing 100-120 g ripen in late August or early September. According to amateur gardeners, each year about 50 kg of pears are obtained from one plant of Chizhovskaya pear.

Pear Chizhovskaya began to bear fruit for 2 years after planting a seedling, bears fruit every year. He suffers frosts in winter and drought without any visible consequences.

Vyacheslav Samara

Crown shape

The crown shape of a future pear may be a decisive moment when choosing a seedling variety. After all, the area occupied by the root system of a tree completely coincides with the projection of its crown. Gardeners who do not have much space for growing pears are better suited to trees with a narrow crown - narrow pyramidal.

If there is enough free space, then you can plant pears with a spreading crown - oval or round. The crowns of such trees already in the year of planting require the formation, so that in the future the branches do not break off under the weight of the fruit.

And very little space will be taken up by the colon-shaped forms of this fruit tree. The crown of such trees does not require formation. They carry out only sanitary or minimal cosmetic trimming if necessary.

The pollinator itself

Most plants of the Rosaceae family need cross-pollination to set fruit. Cross-pollination is called such pollination when the pollen of a plant of the same species, but of a different variety, must necessarily fall on the flowers of a plant of one variety. Most pears are no exception to this rule.

Pollen from one flowering tree to another is carried by bees and other insects, but in the conditions of Central Russia, often, during flowering of pears, cold, rainy or very windy weather can interfere with cross-pollination. Thanks to the efforts of breeders, varieties of pear trees have appeared that need only their own pollen to bear fruit. Such varieties of pears are called self-fertile or self-pollinating. The list of this category of plants listed below includes only pear varieties listed in the state registry:

  • Chizhovskaya;

    Fruits of the pear variety Chizhovskaya

  • In memory of Yakovlev

    Fruits of the pear variety of Memory Yakovlev

  • Rogneda;

    Rogneda branch with pear fruit

  • Precocity from Michurinsk;

    Branch with fruits of the pear variety Skorospelka from Michurinsk

  • Klapp's favorite;

    Fruits of the pear variety Lubimitsa Klapp

  • Marble

    Marble branch with pear fruits

  • Simply Maria.

    Branch with the fruits of the pear variety Just Maria

The biggest pear

Pear fruit in size, and accordingly in weight, can be large, medium or small. Small pear fruits are considered technical. They can be consumed fresh, but more often such pears are used for processing. Large and medium fruits are intended for table (fresh consumption) or universal (for food and preservation) use.

Large and medium-sized pears for their intended purpose are dining rooms, that is, intended to be eaten fresh, or universal, that is, suitable for eating fresh and processed - jam, jam, jam, home canning, etc. The table shows the most common varieties of pears. They are arranged in descending order of fruit weight.

Pear fruit weight table

Grade nameThe average weight of the fruit (g)
Varieties of pears with large fruits
Bryansk beauty205
Dessert Luxuriousup to 200
Klapp's favorite140-200
Yakovlev's favorite130-190
Varieties of pears with medium-sized fruits
Dressed Efimova110–135
Yurievskaya100 maximum - 130 g
In memory of Yakovlev125
Memory of Zhegalov120
Varieties of pears with small fruits
Not big22, maximum - 46 g

When the pear ripens

In the description of the characteristics of pear varieties in the state register, the ripening period is from early summer to late autumn. The exact dates cannot be named because they depend on the weather conditions in the current year and the pear growing area. But gardeners in practical ways established the correspondence of these periods with more specific calendar dates.

Pear ripening table

State registryThe experience of gardeners
early summerend of July
summerbeginning of august
lateend of August - beginning of September
autumnmid September - early October
late autumn (winter)second half of October

Even novice gardeners are quite capable of getting a crop of delicious juicy pear fruits in Central Russia. Frost-resistant varieties of this fruit tree do not require special care. With the right choice of variety and observing the rules for growing pears, they give a stable annual crop.


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