Pyrus communis 'Doyenné du Comice'
One of the finest flavoured and most popular dessert pears. Produces large green-yellow fruits sometimes with a red flush. The flesh is smooth and very juicy with a sweet delicious flavour.
Fruit should be should be picked in October while still firm and stored until November before eating.
Climate/Position: Open sunny position needed in order to crop well.
Height/Spread: 3-4 metres x 2 metres but will depend on training method and pruning.
Soil Requirements: Fertile moisture retentive soil.
Pruning: As with apples, Pears can be trained into a variety of shapes to include espalier against a wall or a single stemmed cordon. Therefore, pruning will depend upon the formation of the tree but this is undertaken in winter.
Special Requirements: Partially self fertile but pollination by another pear .will maximise yield and ensure good fruit shape. 'Concorde' makes a good pollination partner
First raised in France in 1849