Pear ‘Packham’s Triumph’

Pear ‘Packham’s Triumph’

Pear ‘Packhams Triumph’

 a) Average expected life of tree, in years, from sprout to death (approx numbers)

15-20 years


b) Years until trees first fruit (ie some trees fruit within a few years, others can take decades)

2-3 years


c) Season of year when productive tree fruits (ie Summer, Autumn, Winter Spring or combo ie Su/Au)



d) Expected or average number years tree expected to fruit for once it begins. (ie year 8 to 20 = 12 yrs)

Approx year 2-10 = 8 years


e) Country/area of origin

Australia – Molong, NSW

In 1896 Charles Packham grafted an Uvedale St Germain and Williams


f) Average annual rainfall in area of origin



g) Latin name of tree and family

Genus: Pyrus

Species: Communis

Family: Rosaceae


h) Any other products, benefits, useful or interesting facts about of tree:

  • Pear fruit ripens off the tree. Fruit needs to be picked unripe and can then be put into cold storage to ripen which can take up to 4 weeks which means it has good longevity of storage.
  • Pear trees are less susceptible to pests and disease than many other fruit trees
  • Pear wood is a preferred material for making wind instruments as well as for wood carving, utensils, and wooden tools because it doesn’t warp even after repeated emersion in water.
  • Pear wood is suitable for firewood
  • Pear trees cope well in chill and require a cold winter


 i) Height, width and shape of tree at maturity.

Shape: Rounded Canopy

Height: Up to 6m

Width: Up to 4m

Diameter of Trunk: 20-30cm


j) Challenges or special requirements, such as needing other varieties in order to fruit

  • Pear trees fruit best with cross pollination. The most successful cross pollination varieties for Packham Pears are Josephine, Howell or Nijisseki.
  • Most common pests and diseases for pears are Cherry Slug, Codling Moth and Fire Blight
  • Packham Pear is an early flowerer so preferably needs warmer Spring to set fruit.

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