Penrhyn Castle Pear (Gwynedd)


History & Discovery

The origins of this pear are unknown. The two known trees are both a hundred and twenty (approx.) years old espaliers by the entrance to the old head gardener’s lodge at Penrhyn Castle. Perhaps they were bred by him. Of all the hundreds of trained trees that were originally in the gardens of Penrhyn, these two trees are by far in the best with regards to both health and flavour.


A mid-season pear. Pick in October and will keep for about a month. The fruits are pale green, and then change to yellow with a lovely golden-red flush. Large and very juicy.

Rootstock & Eventual Tree Size

All fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. The rootstocks determine eventual tree size.
Bigger trees are more robust & produce more fruit, but take up more space.
Always choose a bigger rootstock if you need extra anchorage or your soil is poor (very wet, dry or rocky). Small trees cannot compete with grass and weeds.

If you want your fruit tree to remain smaller than its eventual tree size, simply prune back in the summer.

(Unsure about summer pruning? Check out our video guide

Pollination group B/C, possibly self-fertile.

Bilingual product label and small “Welsh to the Core!” tie-on label (left) included.