Thursday, 9 April 2009

Sucrée de Montluçon: Blossom

My favourite pear blossom belongs to Sucrée de Montluçon, a variety from central France discovered in 1812. The blooms are large, creamy white and produced in regular abundance. It's a compact, densely-spurring variety that has done very well for me as a step-over tree. I rather regret not having room for one as a half-standard as the density of the blossom rivals neighbouring cherries. It does well for me in my sunny, sheltered front garden.

First blossoms opened April 1, full blossom coincides with Morettini and Devoe around April 5, hopefully ensuring good pollination as well as a uniform display.

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