This tree is grown on dwarf Quince C stock which is compact and makes the smallest Pear tree of all. Trees can be maintained at around 180cm’s in height with a similar spread, perhaps a little less if contained in a 20” pot. The trees are easy to manage and easy to harvest!
Du Comice - raised from the first seed bed in the fruit garden of Comice Horticole, Angers, Department of Maine-et-Loire, France. First fruited in 1849 but did not reach Europe for some years later. Often considered the benchmark in quality and flavour for dessert Pears but needs ideal conditions to produce of it’s best. The trees can be slower coming into fruit than other varieties.
Doyenne du Comice Pear Tree – season
Doyenne du Comice should be harvested in late October and used from store about a month later, usually keeping until January.
Doyenne du Comice Pear – appearance
Large to very large, weighty, medium green becoming only slightly yellowish when ripe.
Superb; becomes tender and extra-juicy with the perfect Pear flavour.
Doyenne du Comice Pear – Pollination
Doyenne du Comice is a triploid variety so needs two others to crop well. Here are some suggested varieties:
Williams Bon Chretien
Tree sizes for Doyenne du Comice Pear trees:
Quince C rootstock
Is the most compact stock generally used for Pears. It can be maintained at an easily harvested 180-260cm’s and can be planted around 150-180cm’s apart. Quince ‘C’ is easily the most satisfactory rootstock for garden use and can even be incorporated into a large – say 24” – container and kept on the patio. Such trees may be restricted below the 180cm mark.
Quince A rootstock
Is more vigorous than Quince ‘C’ and is ideal for orchard planting, grassy area’s and the larger border. It will grow to 250-350cm’s and should be planted not less than 250cm’s apart. A heavy cropping tree suitable for most good soils and situations.