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PEAR DOUBLE - Taylors Gold & Winter Nelis

Double grafted pear tree

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Waimea Nurseries grows a range of fruit trees with two or three varieties on the one tree. Some fruit types are grown with both varieties grafted at the bottom of the tree trunk, while others are grown as tiers of branching. The method of propagation is based on the natural habit of the fruit types, to ensure a good shaped tree will result. The tree should be labelled with a small mark of paint to identify which part of the tree each variety is located. This also helps to avoid the potential of accidently pruning off one of the varieties!

Taylors Gold: Russeted Comice pear with sensational flavour. Later ripening.

Winter Nelis: A very good late eating pear with excellent storage. Small green fruit with reddish russet patches and buttery, rich flavoured flesh. Very hardy but best with warm site. A good pollinator. Tree habit is sparse and spreading.

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Double Grafted Self Fertile
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These two varieties have been specifically selected to be grown together so as to allow cross pollination within the same tree.

Communis - A vigorous rootstock growing to 8-10 metres. Rootstock is tolerant to difficult soil.

BA29 – A Semi vigorous rootstock growing to 4-5 metres. 

Quince C – Dwarf rootstock growing to 4-4.5 metres.


Prefers well drained fertile soil.


Sunny and sheltered is best. Plant 4-5m apart from other trees.


Pears are best in areas with cool to cold Winters and mild Summers. 


Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.


Pears are best with a preventative spray program. At a minimum a winter oil and copper application should be made, followed in Spring at bud movement and ten days later by another copper spray.


Pears are spectacular specimen trees for their ornamental value, especially in Spring and Autumn. Along with apple trees, pears are the best fruit trees for formal espalier.


Varieties range in ripening time from mid Summer to early Autumn.


See pollination chart. Plant at least one pollinating variety to ensure good fruit production.


Height up to 5-6m.


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