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Sapodilla Trees

Manilkara zapota

Sapodilla trees are native to Mexico and Central America. Fruits are sweet with a flavor resembling pear and brown sugar. The tree is very slow growing making it a great choice for planting in containers. Sapodilla trees are wind and salt tolerant and do best in a a hot, sunny location. Cool winter temperatures limit fruit production which can take 5 + years. Sapodillas can bear twice a year and will tolerate winter temperatures of 26-28F. Moving the trees in a greenhouse in winter would be ideal for frost protection and consistent fruit production.


Plant Details  
Tree Size/Habit Upright canopy to 30 – 50 feet, smaller in CA
Fruit Shape/Size Round to egg-shape 2 to 4 inches in diameter
Fruit Flavor Sweet with pear and brown sugar flavor
Skin Color When Ripe Brown
Fruit Use Fresh eating
Fruit Season Summer
Light Needs Full sun
Water Needs Regular water
USDA Zone 9b – 11