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Doyenne du Comice pear

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

Doyenne du Comice pear identification images

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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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    New Zealand

    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

    Record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register - more >>.


    • Species: Pyrus communis - Pear
    • Originates from: Angers, France
    • Introduced: 1840s
    • Developed by: Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1968-079


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Fruit size: Large


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Exceptional
    • Cropping: Light
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Picking period: mid-October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Experienced
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm 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)

    Other qualities

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

    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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