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One of the Best Tasting Pears!

The Comice Pear is an ornamental tree that bears superior fruit.  Plant several in the backyard for a small orchard, or just one in front for its natural landscape-enhancing beauty.  

The outstanding feature of your Comice Pear is of course the incredible fruit it produces.  Introduced in France in the 1800’s, the Comice Pear has been the reining “connoisseur’s pear” for generations. 

Widely heralded as the best tasting pear for its sweet and juicy flavor and firm texture, it’s also a beautiful pear to look at. Large and light green with a rosy blush, the Comice Pear will look charming hanging from your tree and be a lovely addition to your table’s fruit bowl.  

Pristine white blooms will spring forth as the weather turns warmer, attracting butterflies and other pollinators to your yard with its subtle fragrance.  Other wildlife will also love your Comice Pear and be anxious to sample some of its bounty. 

The Comice Pear has a vigorous, upright growth that requires little pruning, and the vertical branches tend to be strong and tenacious.  It’s hardy and blight resistant. 

The Comice Pear is a lovely ornamental tree for your yard and will give you years of enjoyment with its spring display and superior fruit.   

* Sweet Juicy Fruit
* Vigorous Growth 
* Little Pruning

Recommended pollinators: Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Wonderfully Sweet Dessert Comice Pear

After the Bartlett pear, there is no pear more recognizable in the United States than the Comice Pear. Also referred to as the Christmas Pear, this is most attributed to the Harry and David Company and their years of offering the Royal Riviera Comice pear in their gift boxes. Since 1932, Harry and David's Bear Creek Orchards of the Rogue River Valley have been growing and selling this United States favorite.

The Royal Riviera pear is simply a Comice pear, but it may find an ideal climate in the Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon. The Comice pears grown there are consistently of the finest quality and rate as some of the best pears grown in the United States.

But the Comice pear has a long history as a favorite of the Europe and the Americas. It was first fruited in Anger France at the Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire in 1849. It was considered a truly high-flavored desert quality fruit right away.

First introduced as Doyenne du Comice, it made its way into England by Sir France Dyke Acland in 1858, where it fast became recognized as one of the finest desert pears. After that point, it quickly made its way to most major pear growing regions world-wide.

The Comice pear is still a number one choice for fresh eating but has become a home garden favorite in more recent years. Pears must be picked at the right time to get the maximum flavor in storage. Commercially, Comice can be picked too early. This will result in a pear that ripens with less sugar, a trait so important to a fine quality Comice Pear.

Today, Comice is still the choice of many a fruit gift pack grower. The attention by these grower/packers is focused on the proper timing for harvest to insure the finest quality fruit to your table. With a Comice pear tree in the backyard, the same attention is paid to picking your fruit, although now the whole crop is yours and each piece is picked just right so that each fruit is as good as the last.


Comice Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Pyrus 'Comice'
Mature Height Semi Dwarf: 12 - 18 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years