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Doyenne du Comice pear

Pyrus communis
Often considered the best-flavored of all pears, with juicy melting buttery flesh.

USDA identification images for Doyenne du Comice

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.

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 26 Nov 2016  OH, United States
      Great tasting and juicy pear. You must let them sit and ripen for about a month if you grow them yourself. These are the Henry & David pear they sell under their own name of Royal Riviera pears.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2022 season

    • 16th April  2022  - tree owned by James in Glynn, Ireland

    2020 season

    • 10th April  2020  - tree owned by James in Glynn, Ireland

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    • Species: Pyrus communis
    • Introduced: 1840s
    • Developed by: Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Light
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


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


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit colour: Green - light

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Doyenne du Comice 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.


    • Fruit Expert
      Author: Hessayon
    • The Book of Pears (2015)
      Author: Morgan

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