Williams pear variety was bred in 1796. The author of the variety is Williams Christ, owing to which the crop gained great popularity and widespread.
The pear was first grown in France in 1828, and since then it has been cultivated also throughout Europe. Williams pear is a slightly-vigorous tree with a wide pyramidal and asymmetrical crown. The bark is gray and smooth. The bow-shaped sprouts are thick and bare, with rare lenticels, yellowish. The flowers are collected in inflorescence of 6-7.