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Comice Pear: Pyrus communis “Comice” (European Pear)

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Comice Pear, one of fourteen Plant Profiles featured in our Pear Collection.

Comice pears

Comice pears

The Comice pear is considered to be the tastiest of all European pears. This pear is a dessert cultivar with a rich, buttery flavor. In the fall, expect a crop of large, greenish-yellow pears with a little bit of a red blush. Comice pears are best served as a light and refreshing sweet dessert. The Comice needs a pollination buddy such as Bartlett or Moonglow. This cultivar is moderately resistant to fire blight.

Characteristics:

  • Hardiness zones 5 to 7
  • Grows 10 to 15 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide as a dwarf variety
  • Standard tree grows 12 to 20 feet tall with an 8 to 20 foot spread
  • Best for dessert
  • Common names: Pear “Comice,” Comice Pear, Pyrus communis “Doyenne du Comice,” Pyrus communis “Royal Riviera,” European Pear, Common Pear, Wild Pear, Choke Pear

Have you grown Comice pears? Are they easy to tend and harvest? Please tell us about your experiences growing Comice pears.

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