Description of Doyenne du Comice Trees & Fruit:
Doyenne du Comice pear is an all time classic dessert pear. Very sweet, with perfectly juicy, melting flesh. Pale yellow when ripe, sometimes they develop a bit of russeting or a bit of a rosy flush.
They one of the most popular pears on European farms.
The trees are vigorous, upright and heavy cropping. They flower late, so they are suitable for frosty places.
Ripening Comice Pears:
They are best picked when still green and then stored in a cold place, where they will slowly ripen.
To ripen them quickly, bring some into a warm room & they will be ready in about 2 days.
With some planning, you can have fresh, ripe pears on Christmas Day.
Characteristics of Doyenne du Comice Trees:
Pollination Partners for Doyenne du Comice:
To make fruit, all pear trees need to be pollinated by another variety.
Doyenne du Comice is in pollination group C.
This means that it will pollinate with trees in groups B & C (except Onward trees).
Please see our guide to Pollinating Pear Trees for a full list of partners for Doyenne du Comice.
Growing Doyenne du Comice Pear Trees:
Rich soil is important - dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting.
Soil drainage must be good.
The more sun your trees get the better your crops will be.
Diseases: Comice is susceptible to scab but resistant to mildew: this makes them a better choice for the East of England & Scotland, not so good for Wales or the West of England where scab is more common.
Details about delivery sizes: Guide to Fruit Tree Sizing.
History & Parentage of Doyenne du Comice:
A French variety from the mid 1800s, brought to Britain in 1858 by Sir Francis Dyke Acland. It is widely grown commercially in Europe.