With great shape, glossy green foliage, showy spring blossom and gorgeous fruits, it is hard to pass the pear. A hardy deciduous tree that will eventually reach 5 metres, the pear produces green to golden brown fruits from February (early) through until May (late.) They prefer a warm, sunny, sheltered position to set fruit successfully. Most varieties need to be cross-pollinated, which means planting more than one variety. Pear trees prefer rich fertile soils (built up with peat and compost) that are free-draining, especially in winter months. They are hardy once established but require protection from severe frosts, which can damage the early blossoms. It also requires adequate moisture through the summer period. They are very versatile, in that they can be trained to bush, pyramid shape trees or they can be espaliered, cordon or fan-trained. Pears are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, dietary fibre, Niacin and are a good source of Potassium, as well as being low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium; The perfect snack!!