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Pyrus communis Doyenné du Comice


Pear Doyenné du Comice

An historic variety which is hard to beat

For meltingly juicy pears with a great flavour, this classic variety is still one of the best. A real treat when the fruits are picked and eaten straight from the tree in late autumn.


Happiest in full sun and well drained soil. It eventually makes an upright shape which makes this variety useful for smaller spaces.


Enrich the soil before planting with organic matter, home-made compost or well rotted manure is fine for this. Water your tree occasionally until established. To get a crop of pears there needs to be another pear tree nearby which flowers around the same time, to act as a pollinator. This variety is in flowering group 4, so will need a neighbour from flowering group 3, 4 or 5.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Wildlife garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting September - November
Cropping November - November

Check store availability

10 litre pot £29.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From January to December