Fondante d'Automne pear trees

Fondante d'Automne pear tree

Fondante d'Automne is an old-fashioned 19th century French pear variety which has been grown in England since Victorian times.

Its name describes it well - this is a late-season pear with a sugary sweet flavour.

For best results, as with most pears, pick the fruits before they are fully ripe on the tree and ripen in a fruit bowl.

Fondante d'Automne pear trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 24 October (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock £18.95
Large  (4.5m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Pyrodwarf rootstock £18.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Fondante d'Automne

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly small?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Canker: Some resistance?
  • Scab: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Fondante d'Automne

Fondante d'Automne is in flowering group 4. Fondante d'Automne is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Fondante d'Automne pear trees

Unlike many pears of French origin, Fondante d'Automne fruits reliably in the English climate, and is not susceptible to the usual pear diseases.

Historical details

Fondante d'Automne is known to have existed in France in 1825 and is probably somewhat older. It is typical of a number of pear varieties from this era which are named "fondante" and are characterised by their particularly sweet rich flavours.

Botanical name

Pyrus communis 'Fondante d'Automne'


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