COMICE (Doyenne du Comice) France 1849


Comice pears are considered by many to be the sweetest and juiciest of all pears. Comice pears skin is green with a touch of red and have a creamy white flesh. Their proper name is Doyenné du Comice first propagated near Angers in the mid 1800s. Fruit large, greenish-yellow when ripe. Perhaps the queen of winter pears. Flesh is buttery, sweet, tender and aromatic. Its low chilling requirement makes it suitable for southern California. As with Anjou, Comice pears need a period of cold storage before ripening. Tends towards biennial bearing if not thinned well. Shows good resistant fireblight.

Growing Considerations for Comice pear tree

Bloom: Midseason

USDA Zone: 6,7,8,9,10

Pollination: Pollinate with D'Anjou,Bartlett,Conference, Red Clapp, Rescue, Seckel or Warren

Fruit Storage: Excellent

Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree

Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. summer pruned 8 ft.spacing

Ripens: Late

Uses: Fresh eating,dessert,baking

Rootstock: Semi-dwarf OHxF 333

Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Years to bear: 2-4 years

Shape when shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)

*Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 5/8  inch caliper (width around trunk) 5-7 ft. in field (trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped)

*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Note on Shipping:

Our pear trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions.  There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.


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