Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 12-18 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 12-18 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Pyrus communis 'Comice'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
The Comice Pear, Top of the Class in Taste!
This European variety produces what is arguably the most delicious pear. After a showy display of fragrant white blossoms in mid-spring, prepare yourself in late September for an abundance of the sweetest, juiciest pears you’ll ever eat!
The pear itself is as lovely as it is delicious. It grows to a light yellow-green, and is often blushed with a patch of crimson on one side. It is large and robust in shape, with a rich flavor of that ranks superior. Its smooth white flesh has a sweet and creamy texture, making it a top-pick for pear connoisseurs.
Pear with a Long Shelf Life
The Comice Pear is often referred to as the “Christmas Pear” as it is the most popular pear to be wrapped in gift baskets. With its festive shades of soft greens and reds, it is certain to impress any lucky recipient! However, don’t think this pear is only enjoyed over the holidays. This fruit has a lengthy shelf life, and can be stored up to four months!
Showcase your supply as the centerpiece of the table, and don’t worry about hurrying to eat them before they’re too ripe. You’ll enjoy pears from October through January with plenty left to share. Imagine giving friends baskets of beautiful pears from your very own yard, while avoiding the super-market’s price!
This juicy pear is a favorite for canning. Stock up your pantry with jars of sweet juicy pears to enjoy through the year, and have even more options to offer as gifts! Your pear preserves, or homemade pear-butter, will make great gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends. The secret to the recipe is the pears, of course, grown from your very own tree!
Many Culinary Possibilities
With this pear tree right outside your door, imagine the possibilities in your kitchen! Pair the Comice Pear with any soft-ripening cheese, such as brie or camembert, as a savory hors d’oeuvre sure to impress dinner guests. This delicious and trendy flavor combination, seen on menus of the latest restaurants, can be easily served at your very own table! Toss in diced pears and gorgonzola cheese with mixed greens for a salad you’ll make again and again. Dress up your family’s favorite pork dish with a glaze of caramelized pears. Better yet, imagine the joy as you dish up ice-cream smothered in your very own warmed Comice Pear compote!
The compact height of this tree makes its fruit easy to get to, but don’t let its smaller size fool you! Plant it amongst other pollinators and you’ll be rewarded with bushels of fruit. Its upright stature is a perfect fit for those with limited space for landscaping. The butterflies and bees won’t be the only ones to admire its blossoms in spring! This tree is sure to enhance the beauty of any sized yard.
An Easy to Grow Tree
This hardy tree is dependable. Its strong branches are vigorous growers, and require little pruning and maintenance from you. This tree is known to adapt to many soil conditions, and can even tolerate moderate drought. It endures when winter temperatures drop, and will be ready to impress again in spring.
Long Living Tree
The Comice Pear is known to live up to 75 years, making it is one of the longest living varieties of pear trees. This lovely tree will stand as a legacy, ready to provide you and your family decades of decadent fruit. Your children and grandchildren will enjoy it, and the nostalgic taste of this pear will pass down through generations.
Hurry and order your Comice Pear Tree today, and give the gift of pears to your family and friends for years to come.
Comice Pear Tree Pollination
Comice Pear Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
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Planting & Care
Location: The Cyrus communis, commonly called the Comice pear tree, grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 9. It requires 400 chill hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit to successfully produce fruit.
The tree is self-fertile but can be planted with a Bartlett pear tree to produce an even more abundant crop.
Planting Instructions: Choose a planting site that provides at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Ideally, the site should afford some wind protection in areas that suffer high winds.
The Comice pear tree grows best in soil with a pH level of 6.5. The soil should be well-draining. The tree does not tolerate overly wet roots.
Dig a hole that is at least twice or three times the diameter of the tree’s root ball. Add an abundant amount of organic matter to the soil at a ratio of 50 percent hummus with 50 percent soil. Place the tree’s roots into the hole and gently smooth out the roots. Fill the hole halfway with soil and organic matter and fill the hole with water. Allow the water to drain into the soil. Once the water has drained, finish filling the hole with the dirt and hummus. Tamp the soil down around the tree to remove all air pockets.
The tree’s graft union should sit two inches above the soil. The bud union should always point north to avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
Build a three or four-inch tall circular dam of mud around the tree and fill with water. The dam will keep the water from flowing away from the tree’s roots when you water the tree.
Apply three inches of mulch such as bark chips, pine needles, peat moss, or recycled plastic chunks around the base of the tree in and outside the soil dam. Keep the mulch three inches away from the tree’s trunk. The mulch will help keep the soil moist and retard weed growth.
Watering: Keep the soil around the Comice pear tree moist but not overly water-logged. Water the tree once per week during the dry season.
Fertilizing: In the early spring, fertilize the tree using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for amounts.
Staking: In areas with excessive wind, young trees may require staking. Use one or two stakes to secure the trunk of the tree. Tie the tree to the stakes using twine or natural fiber rope to prevent damage to the tree's trunk.
Pruning: Prune away any suckers as they appear. In the early spring, prune any diseased or damaged branches from the Comice pear tree. When the tree is one-year-old, prune a few branches from the tree’s canopy to allow airflow and sunlight to reach the tree. The third year the tree can be pruned to maintain its height and shape if desired.
Pests and Disease: Always remove the undergrowth, fallen fruit, and weeds from beneath the Comice pear tree to prevent diseases and pests. Watch the tree closely for any pests or signs of disease. Promptly treat using a targeted fungicide or insecticide once the problem has been identified.
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|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
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