What are the most common pear tree types? Pears come in the varieties of hand pear, stewing pear and ornamental pear. The ‘Conference’, ‘Doyenne du Comice’, ‘Concorde’ , Triomphe de Vienne’ and ‘Buerre Hardy’ are hand pear varieties. ‘Saint Remy’ and ‘Gieser Wildeman’ are well-known stewing pear varieties. Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is a fairly hefty ornamental pear variety. Pear trees have beautiful, often pure white blossoms.

More about the car, harvesting and common diseases in your pear-tree can you read in the article Pear tree, how to Care, Plant and Harvest.

Conference pear tree

Pyrus Communis ‘Conference’ is probably the best known and also most common pear in the supermarket. It is a juicy and sweet pear, which is not only self-pollinating but also has a good disease resistance. The color of the pear is light green to brown. Although a tree is self-pollinating, it is often the case that it still gives better fruit with another tree nearby.

Pear tree conference low trunk

A standard tree is more like a shrub. They give high production and require relatively little maintenance.  Pear trees can also be trained into shape, The height of an espalier can vary in a low trunk variant, half trunk or a standard trunk.

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Dwarf Pear Tree

Pyrus communis ‘Dwarf Pear’ is also known as Pyrus communis ‘Luisa’ or ‘Louise’. It is a very compact species that is suitable to keep on a patio or balcony. Like the other pear trees, it blooms in spring with pure white flowers. The fruits are sweet and juicy. Because of its small shape, this species does not require pruning.

Saint remy pear tree

A pear tree with pears suitable for stewing. The tree belongs to one of the more beautiful varieties, because of its whimsical shape. It is a self-pollinating variety. The pears can be picked in September, and will keep well after that.

Wild pear tree

The wild pear is the Pyrus pyraster. Unlike the other pear species, the tree has thorns on the branches. The tree is very rare in the Netherlands. Unlike the common pear shape, the fruits of the wild pear have the more rounded shape of an apple. The sturdy trees can grow up to 20 meters high, but are also available in bush form.

Pear tree ‘Doyenne du Comice

This is a juicy pear that you see for sale a lot in the supermarket.  It also has a lovely sweet fragrance and the color is yellow or yellow-brown. However, it is susceptible to the pear pox disease. ‘Doyenne du Comice’ is a self-pollinating variety.


Pyrus communis ‘Concorde’ is a cross between ‘Conference’ ‘Doyenne du Comice’. It is available in a dwarf form, for example on the patio. The height of the dwarf form is about 80 centimeters to 1.40 meters. The fruits are sweet and juicy. Concorde is an entirely self-pollinating variety.

Gieser Wildeman

Pyrus Communis ‘Gieser Wildeman’ is a stewing pear variety. This slow-growing tree can also be grown as an espalier, half-standard or low-rise tree. In alternate years the tree bears little fruit. The fruits can be harvested in early October and can then be kept until January.

Triomphe de Vienne

This pear tree is a strong growing and fairly broad tree species. The fruits are large to very large, making the species popular. The species does need others nearby for pollination. The fruits are sweet and juicy hand pears.

Pyrus Communis ‘Beurre Hardy’

This hand pear produces juicy, deliciously sweet fruit in September. The color of the pear is green. Beurre Hardy is not a self-pollinating tree, so it needs a pollinator nearby for fruit. Make sure that a ‘Doyenne du Comice’, ‘Gieser Wildeman’ or ‘Triomphe de Vienne’ is planted within a radius of 100 meters.

Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer

‘Chanticleer’ is a fairly stout pear tree, growing pyramid-shaped to a height of 10 to 12 feet. White blossoms appear in April and May. In autumn inconspicuous red fruits appear and the tree turns into a dark red to orange-yellow autumn color. The fruits are bitter and are therefore kept for ornamental purposes. Birds do like to snack on the fruits.