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Concorde® pear


Concorde is a modern English dessert pear variety, with an excellent sweet flavor and juicy flesh. It is has become a minor commercial variety in England and western Europe, and is popular with gardeners because it is partially self-fertile.

Concorde was developed at the East Malling Research Station in the UK, in the 1970s, and is a cross betweeen Conference and Doyenne du Comice. These two varieties are obvious partners as they have such complementary qualities. Comice is widely regarded as the best-flavored of all pears, but has a reputation for being difficult to grow. Conference has a good flavor too, but is best known for its ubiquitous grower-friendly characteristics. The result of this marriage, Concorde, looks very much like Conference, and like Conference it is easy to grow and productive - but its flesh and flavor inherit some of the lofty refinement of Comice.

Concorde pear identification images

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USDA identification images for Concorde

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Doyenne du Comice x Conference
    • Originates from: East Malling, Maidstone, Kent, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1984
    • Developed by: HRI (East Malling Research)
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1986-021


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Discoloration of fruit: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking period: early October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Powdery mildew: Some susceptibility
    • Canker: Very susceptible
    • Fire blight: Very susceptible

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Concorde pear trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


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