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Fondante d'Automne pear trees

Pyrus communis
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Fondante d'Automne is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
An old fashioned French pear with a notably sweet flavour.

Fondante d'Automne pear trees for sale

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Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

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
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

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

Problems

  • ScabSome resistance
  • CankerSome resistance

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849

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