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Shipova pear trees

Pyrus communis x Sorbus aria
Shipova is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Shipova is a very unusual and interesting hybrid between the common pear (Pyrus communis) and an ornamental rowan or whitebeam tree (Sorbus aria). It has excellent ornamental and fruit qualities.

The flowers are large by Sorbus standards but still look more like Sorbus flowers than pear blossom. They appear in May - towards the end of the European pear blossom season.

The fruits are borne in clusters, more reminscent of whitebeam berries than regular pears. Each fruitlet is a small golden round pear, about 4cm in size, with a pleasant sweet pear-like flavour and yellow flesh, which is crisp like an Asian pear. Unlike European pears Shipover pears should be left on the tree to ripen. Once harvested they can be eaten immediately or kept in a fridge for month or so - they tend to sweeten further with storage.

The leaves also show characteristics of both species, their size and the silvery leaf undersides being similar to those of whitebeams - and from a distance the tree looks much more like a whitebeam than a pear tree. The leaves turn golden yellow in the autumn.

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Shipova organic pear trees for sale

  • 1Maidentree on PyroDwarf rootstock25.00€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 2Maidentree on Kirchensaller rootstock25.00€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
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Growing and Training

Shipova grows with a Sorbus-like fairly upright habit and a dominant central leader.

It appears to be reliably self-fertile, but can be pollinated by other late-flowering European pear varieties. Its own pollen does not pollinate other pears.


Shipova is also known as Shipover, and the Bollwyller Pear, after the town in Alsace, France, where it was first discovered in the 17th century.

Shipova characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Season of use1 week
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1600 - 1649
  • Fruit colourGoldOrangeYellow / Orange