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Fondante d'Automne pear trees

Pyrus communis
Fondante d'Automne
Fondante d'Automne is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4
An old fashioned French pear with a notably sweet flavour.

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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.

How to grow

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

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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.

Fondante d'Automne characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesEating fresh

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849