Winter Nelis pear

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Winter Nelis pear
Pomological Watercolor POM00007059.jpg
Watercolor from USDA
Genus Pyrus
Cultivar 'Winter Nelis'
Breeder Jean Charles Nelis
Origin Belgium, early 1800's

The Winter Nelis pear is a deciduous pear tree growing to 8 m depending on rootstock, and is sparse and spreading in form. It is not frost tender. Its flowers are self-sterile and a pollinator tree is required that flowers at a similar time (its flowering group is D or 4).[1] It is a late-season dessert pear. The fruit are medium in size and have outstanding storage properties for a pear, easily keeping for a couple of months. Hoggs Fruit Manual (1880s) describes it as one of the richest flavoured pears, flesh being yellowish, fine-grained, buttery and melting, with a rich, sugary and vinous flavour and a fine aroma.[2] The pear is named after he Flemish nobleman Jan-Karel de Nelis (fr; nl) (1748–1834), who raised it from seed in the early 1800s. It was introduced to England in 1818 and to the United States in 1823[3][4]

Winter Nelis pear, from The Pears of New York (1921) by Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick


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  2. ^ "Your independent guide to pear tree Winter Nelis".
  3. ^ "PEAR Winter Nelis". Waimea Nurseries.
  4. ^ "Pear trees for sale – Buy fruit trees online – Free advice". Orange Pippin Fruit Trees (Europe).