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Bosc Pear: Pyrus communis “Bosc” (European Pear)

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Bosc Pear, one of fourteen Plant Profiles featured in our Pear Collection.

Bosc pears

Bosc pears

The Bosc pear is often called the aristocrat of pears. In the fall, you can look forward to a heavy crop of long-necked, warm cinnamon colored pears. The fruit is firm, juicy, and sweet. Bosc pears are great for eating, canning, and baking. They can be stored for up to three months. Like other European pears, the Bosc needs a pollination buddy such as Bartlett or Anjou. This cultivar is susceptible to fire blight.

Characteristics:

  • Hardiness zones 5 to 9
  • Grows 10 to 15 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide as a dwarf variety
  • Standard tree grows 12 to 20 feet tall with a spread of 8 to 20 feet
  • Good for eating, canning, baking
  • Common names: Pear “Bosc,” Bosc Pear, Pyrus “Bosc,” Pyrus “Beurre Bosc,” Pyrus “Golden Russet”

Have you grown Bosc pears? Are they easy to tend and harvest? Please tell us about your experiences growing Bosc pears.

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