Pyrus communis ‘Prince Albert’

‘Fruit medium sized, pyriform. Skin smooth, of a deep lemon-yellow colour, and frequently with a blush of red next the sun. Eye small and open, set in a shallow basin. Stalk an inch long, not depressed. Flesh yellowish-white, melting, juicy, sugary, and richly flavoured. An excellent pear, in use from February till March.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.206/1860].


Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This was a seedling of the eighth generation raised by Van Mons at Louvain, Bel., sown about 1840.’ [Pears of New York p.190].

‘This is a variety likely to be very valuable; it in shape like Beurré Rance, and usually keeps longer, often till April or May, which that variety rarely does; its flesh is half melting, juicy and rich; the tree is very hardy and grows well on the quince stock, and will form a handsome prolific pyramid.’ [Gard. Chron. 1854].


History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue in an Addendum as ‘Prince Albert’ [Pear no.69/1857]. ‘69. New late pear of first rate [2 words indistinct].’ [Diary B, MP A2951/1862]. Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery, probably the original Exeter premises.



Published May 20, 2010 - 05:21 PM | Last updated Jul 22, 2011 - 10:55 AM

More details about Pyrus communis ‘Prince Albert’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Belgium

Common Name

Dessert Pear, winter

Name in the Camden Park Record

Prince Albert


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