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Doyenne du Comice pear trees

RHS AGM for Doyenne du Comice
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Comice is widely considered to have the best flavor 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 well-known in England by the late 19th century and the Victorian author Robert Hogg records several letters from fellow enthusiasts praising its "surpassing flavour".

Doyenne du Comice pear trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Summary features of Doyenne du Comice

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Green - light
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
    1993
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
    Requires sunny sheltered location


Pollination guide for Doyenne du Comice

Doyenne du Comice is in flowering group 4. Doyenne du Comice is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Doyenne du Comice pear trees

As befits such a refined pear, Doyenne du Comice needs to be grown in a sheltered situation, and it likes a dry warm climate.

The other important consideration with Comice is that it needs a reliable pollination as the shape of its flowers makes successful pollination more difficult. Therefore make sure a compatible pollinator tree is close by so that pollinating insects can move from tree to tree.

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).

Inspite of its somewhat fussy requirements, Comice is quite resistant to fireblight, one of the main diseases of pears.

Varieties with similar picking times to Doyenne du Comice

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Historical details

Raised in the garden of the Comice Horticole, in the town of Angers in the Loire valley, France, during the mid-19th century.


Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Doyenne du Comice'




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