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pear 'Doyenné du Comice'
Pyrus are deciduous trees or shrubs with oval leaves and scented white flowers in spring, followed by green or brown fruits, edible in some species
'Doyenné du Comice' is a dessert pear with a very rich flavour; very juicy, buttery, perfumed. Excellent quality, but moderate crops, although older trees crop more reliably; season of use from November to December. A vigorous tree in pollination group 4
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand
4-8 metres / 1.5-2.5 metres
4-8 metres / 0-0.1 metre
Time to ultimate height
Grow in any well-drained, fairly moisture retentive soil . The ideal pH is 6.5. Incorporate plenty of organic matter on thin soils. Choose a sheltered position in full sun. Suitable for all training forms, including espalier, cordon and fan-trained. Needs another cultivar for pollination; it's not compatible with 'Onward'. Keep a weed free area of 60cm radius around the trunk. Thin fruit if necessary
Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a rootstock for fruit. Quince rootstocks are usually used for pears
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wildlife Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Regular pruning required; a spur bearer. Prune according to form: cordons, espaliers and pruning established fans. Can also be grown as standards or spindlebushes. For further guidance see: pruning new pear trees, summer pear pruning, winter pear pruning, renovating pear trees
Pests May be attacked by aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, bullfinches, pear midge, gall midges, pear and cherry slugworm and pear blister mite
Susceptible to pear scab. It may be affected by pear rust, brown rot, blossom wilt, fireblight and replant diseases
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pear 'Doyenné du Comice'
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