Comice Pear Pyrus communis 'Doyenné du Comice' (D)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
pear 'Doyenné du Comice'


The 'Doyenné du Comice' is commonly known as the Comice pear. This deciduous plant is renowned for its attractive appearance and the succulent fruit it produces. It has a round form, and in the spring, it blooms with beautiful white flowers that offer a gentle, sweet fragrance, attracting pollinators to the garden. The foliage consists of broad, dark-green leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the flowers and developing fruit. As the seasons progress, these leaves can turn into vibrant fall colors, adding visual interest to the landscape. The Comice pear itself is a highlight of this plant, known for its large size, greenish-yellow skin that may sometimes show a red blush, and an exceptionally juicy and buttery flesh. Renowned for its sweetness, smooth texture, and rich, dessert-like quality, the fruit typically ripens later in the season. Culinary enthusiasts treasure the Comice pear for its flavor, making it a popular choice for fresh eating, baking, and pairing with cheeses. The appearance of the pear-shaped fruit hanging amongst the foliage adds to the visual appeal of this plant, making it not only a source of delicious produce but also an ornamental feature in any garden setting where it is grown.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Comice Pear, Doyenné du Comice, Christmas Pear.

    • Common names

      Pyrus communis 'Comice', Pyrus communis 'Doyenne du Comice'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Comice pear is not considered toxic to humans. There are no known toxic effects from ingesting the fruit or other parts of the Comice pear tree for humans under normal circumstances.

    • To pets

      The Comice pear plant is not considered toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The fruit, leaves, and other parts of the tree do not contain substances known to be poisonous to domestic animals. However, consumption in large quantities may cause mild stomach upset in some pets due to the fiber and natural sugars in the fruit.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      15-20 feet [4.5-6 meters]

    • Spread

      10-15 feet [3-4.5 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Comice pear tree produces beautiful white flowers during spring, which add ornamental value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Fruit Production: Known for its sweet and juicy pears, this tree provides an abundance of fruit typically harvested in late summer or early fall.
    • Shade Provider: As a deciduous tree with a broad canopy, it offers shade during the hot summer months, making it practical for residential gardens.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: The tree can attract various forms of wildlife, such as birds and beneficial insects, which find shelter and food within its branches.
    • Pollination: The blooms of the Comice pear are important for bees and other pollinators, contributing to the health of your garden and the local ecosystem.
    • Seasonal Interest: Throughout the seasons, the Comice pear tree showcases a range of visual interests from spring blossoms to autumn foliage color changes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wood for Musical Instruments: The wood from the pear tree can be used to create wind instruments like recorders, flutes, and woodwind instrument parts, due to its fine grain and stability.
    • Natural Dyes: Leaves and bark of the pear tree can be used to produce natural dyes for fabrics and materials.
    • Furniture Wood: The hard, dense wood of the pear tree is occasionally employed in fine woodworking, including furniture making and cabinetry.
    • Crafting Material: Small branches and twigs can be utilized in craft projects, such as wreath making or as a base for grafting other plants.
    • Environmental Education: The pear tree can be used in educational settings to teach students about fruit development, tree grafting, and horticulture practices.
    • Smoking Flavor: Dried wood chips of the pear tree can be used in smoking foods to impart a unique, fruity flavor to meats and cheeses.
    • Garden Design: As an ornamental tree, it can be included in landscape designs for its attractive form and spring blossoms.
    • Bird Habitat: The tree provides shelter and nesting sites for various bird species, enhancing biodiversity in a garden setting.
    • Photography Subject: The pear tree, with its blossoms and ripe fruit, is popular among photographers for its aesthetic appeal and the changing seasons in the garden.
    • Firewood: Although not the most common use, the pear tree wood, when well-dried, can be burned as firewood.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Pyrus communis, commonly known as the 'Pear', is not specifically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Pear tree is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Prosperity and Wealth: The Pyrus communis, commonly known as the "pear tree", is often associated with abundance due to its fruitful nature. The cultivar 'Doyenné du Comice', being a particularly luxurious and expensive pear variety, symbolizes wealth and prosperity.
    • Longevity and Health: Pears have long been a symbol of immortality in some cultures, due to their long-living trees. The pear tree's association with health comes from the fruit’s nutritious qualities and the tree’s medicinal uses.
    • Femininity and Beauty: With its delicate blossoms and shapely fruits, the pear tree has often been connected to femininity and beauty in various cultural mythologies and art representations.
    • Affection and Comfort: Gifting pears or pear trees is sometimes seen as a gesture of affection, as the fruit is sweet and comforting, and the tree provides a welcoming presence.

Every 7-14 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not applicable
Late winter-early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Comice pear tree should be watered deeply once a week during the growing season, ensuring that the soil is moist to a depth of a few inches. In the absence of rain, increase watering to twice a week. Each watering session should provide the tree with about 1 to 2 gallons of water, depending on the tree's size and the weather conditions. During the winter months, reduce watering, as the tree requires less moisture while dormant. Be careful not to overwater, as too much moisture can lead to root rot and other diseases.

  • sunLight

    The Comice pear tree thrives best in full sun, meaning at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. A spot that receives morning light is ideal, as it dries dew quickly and helps prevent disease. Avoid locations that are too shaded, as insufficient sunlight can reduce fruit production and affect overall health.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Comice pear tree prefers temperate climates with cold winters to ensure proper dormancy and fruit development. It can withstand winter temperatures as low as -20°F, but prolonged exposure to such cold can damage the tree. The ideal temperature range for this pear tree is between 35°F and 85°F. These temperature conditions are crucial for flower and fruit setting.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Comice pear tree is important for maintaining tree health, encouraging a strong structure, and promoting fruit production. Prune in the late winter when the tree is dormant and hazards of frost have passed but before new growth starts. Thin out crowded branches to allow light and air to penetrate the canopy, which helps reduce disease risk. Annually remove dead, damaged, or diseased limbs and shape the tree to manage its size.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Comice Pear tree should be well-draining, loamy, and fertile to ensure proper growth and fruit production. Incorporate compost or aged manure to enrich the soil. The ideal soil pH for this tree should be between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Comice Pear trees planted in containers should be repotted every 3 to 5 years to prevent root-bound conditions and to replenish nutrients in the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Comice Pear trees prefer outdoor conditions and do not require specific humidity levels; they are adaptable to the ambient humidity found in the environment where they are typically grown.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Hard to grow indoors, requires full sun, space, and proper pruning.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, and space to accommodate growth.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pyrus communis 'Doyenné du Comice', commonly known as the Comice pear, begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon germination in the spring, develops into a seedling. The seedling grows into a young tree through the vegetative stage, where it undergoes primary growth, expanding in height and girth, with leaves emerging for photosynthesis. After a few years, typically 4 to 6, the tree enters the reproductive phase, characterized by the production of flowers, which are usually white or off-white, that attract pollinators. Following pollination and fertilization, flowers develop into fruit, specifically pears, which mature over the summer and are typically harvested in late summer to fall. Once the fruit is ripe and picked, the tree goes into a phase of dormancy during the cold winter months, dropping leaves and conserving energy. Year after year, the Comice pear tree repeats this cycle, potentially living and bearing fruit for several decades, depending on environmental conditions and care.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • The Pyrus communis 'Doyenné du Comice', commonly known as the Comice Pear, is commonly propagated through grafting, which is a horticultural technique where tissues of one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This method is typically performed in late winter or early spring before the buds begin to break dormancy. Understock and scion wood are selected; the understock is usually a rootstock with desirable characteristics like disease resistance and hardiness, and the scion is a piece of a mature plant's stem with nodes for future growth that is obtained from the desired Comice Pear tree. During grafting, the scion is cut at a precise angle to match a cut on the understock and then joined together through various methods such as cleft grafting, whip grafting, or bud grafting. The grafting site is then sealed with grafting tape or wax to prevent drying out and infection by pathogens until the graft union has healed and vascular tissues have fused, which usually takes several weeks to a few months.