Autumn 2024 planting seasonPre-order now for delivery December 2024 - March 2025

Fondante d'Automne pear trees

(Belle Lucrative, Seigneur Esperen)
Pyrus communis
Fondante d'Automne
Fondante d'Automne is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Fondante d'Automne is a traditional French late-season pear variety with a sugary sweet flavour, very typical of the dessert pears which became fashionable in Europe in the 1830s. It soon became popular in England and the Americas - it is described by the English fruit enthusiast Robert Hogg, writing in the 1880s as "a delicious autumn pear". 

The fruits are of medium size, usually covered with a light russet, and they have a fine-grained buttery flesh. 

For best results, as with most pears, pick the fruits before they are fully ripe on the tree and ripen in a fruit bowl.

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Fondante d'Automne organic pear trees for sale

Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

    Delivery countries
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Croatia
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    Delivery chargesClick here to view estimated delivery charges.

    Growing and Training

    Although never really a commercial variety, Fondante d'Automne is widely grown throughout Europe, North America, and Australia and is suitable for both warm climates and cool temperate climates. It seems relatively untroubled by the usual pear diseases.


    Fondante d'Automne was raised in the 1820s, either by Mr Fievee of Maubeuge in northern France or Major Esperen of Malines in Belgium. It is usually known as Belle Lucrative in the USA and Australia. In Europe it is sometimes known as Seigneur Esperen.

    Fondante d'Automne characteristics

    • Gardening skillAverage
    • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
    • Flowering group4
    • Picking seasonLate
    • Season of use2-3 weeks
    • Food usesEating fresh
    • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Country of originBelgiumFrance
    • Period of origin1800 - 1849
    • Flesh colourWhite
    • Fruit colourGoldRussetYellow