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Doyenne du Comice pear trees

Pyrus communis
Doyenne du Comice has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritDoyenne du Comice is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Comice is widely considered to have the best flavour of any pear. It has both the characteristic "melting" flesh of the highest quality pear varieties, along with a sweet richness and delicacy which others can't quite attain.

Although originating from France it was planted in many other countries by the late 19th century. The English fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg, writing in the 1890s, records several letters from fellow enthusiasts praising its "surpassing flavour".

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Doyenne du Comice organic pear trees - graft to order

  • 1Maidentree on BA29 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 2Maidentree on PyroDwarf rootstock 21.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 3Maidentree on Kirchensaller rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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Growing and Training

As befits such a refined pear, Doyenne du Comice needs to be grown in a sheltered sunny situation.

The other important consideration with Comice is that it needs a reliable pollination partner nearby, as the shape of its flowers can make it difficult for successful pollination to occur. Conference is a good choice as it is a naturally good pollinator - plant it close to the Comice to ensure maximum cross-pollination.

The fruit size is relatively large by pear standards - provided you thin the fruitlets in late spring.

As with all pears, it is important to get the time of picking right. Unlike apples, which are usually best if left to ripen on the tree, pears should be picked under-ripe and then ripened indoors (or in a fridge). In the UK Doyenne du Comice is generally ready to pick in early to mid October.


Doyenne du Comice characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates Requires sunny sheltered locationWarm climates
  • Picking periodmid-October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use2-3 weeks
  • CroppingLight
  • Food usesEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Fire blightSome resistance
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colourGreen - light
  • Fruit sizeLarge