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Butt Pear on OHxF 87 (Spring 2022)


A late season perry pear with high tannins. Also known as Norton Butt.

Butt grows on a vigorous tree with narrow crotch angles. It is a heavy producer, but it is slow to come into production and does tend to biennialism. This pear is used exclusively in cider production; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The late-season fruit is small and globular with lemon colored skin that is dotted with russeting. It is remarkable for the length of time it will sit on the ground without rotting, giving rise to the saying "Gather your Butts one year, mill them the next, and drink the year after." It can actually be milled four to ten weeks after harvest. The juice is astringent and fruity. It is slow to ferment but produces a high quality cider. This pear is a popular cultivar among perry makers; it is most extensively cultivated around Ledbury in Herefordshire, England. (From Brooks and Olmo: juice acidity 0.54, tannins 0.32, specific gravity 1.056.)

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Butt grows on a vigorous tree with narrow crotch angles. It is a heavy producer, but it is slow to come into production and does tend to biennialism. This pear is used exclusively in cider production; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The late-season fruit is small and globular with lemon colored skin that is dotted with russeting. It is remarkable for the length of time it will sit on the ground without rotting, giving rise to the saying "Gather your Butts one year, mill them the next, and drink the year after." It can actually be milled four to ten weeks after harvest. The juice is astringent and fruity. It is slow to ferment but produces a high quality cider. This pear is a popular cultivar among perry makers; it is most extensively cultivated around Ledbury in Herefordshire, England. (From Brooks and Olmo: juice acidity 0.54, tannins 0.32, specific gravity 1.056.)

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The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Pear
Subcategory: Perry, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider
Cider classification: bittersharp
Storage duration: (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: yellow
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Norton, England
Introduced in:
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Sep 09 (approximate, in New York State) + 20 days after Bartlett

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: OHxF 87 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (75% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Pear Scab: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (75% of Standard)

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