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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
An old fashioned French pear with a notably sweet flavour.

Fondante d'Automne pear trees for sale

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Order now for delivery from November for pot grown trees or January onwards for bare-root trees. Mixed pot grown and bare-root trees orders will be sent out from January onwards.

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