Sapodilla 'Alano' (Manilkara zapota)

Sapodilla 'Alano' (Manilkara zapota)

Regular price $64.95

The Alana Sapodilla is an oval-shaped fruit native to Thailand and is arguably the finest Sapodilla variety in the world.  Fruit is super sweet and the texture is that of an ultra fine pear.  The trees are regular heavy producers of medium-sized fruit typically weighing about nine ounces.  In addition to the fruit's superior quality, the tree tends to be less brittle and have a much smaller habit than other cultivars.  The fruit ripens from November to June.

Sapodilla fruit trees are really adaptable in terms of soil conditions and will thrive in  many types of soil, from poor loose sandy soil to deep, rich organic soil, as well as light clay, or gravel. Regardless of soil type, fostering good drainage is for your Sapodilla tree is essential. Sapodilla's don't like wet feet!  Sapodilla's prefer warm locales but are also slightly frost tolerant, highly wind tolerant and can take salt spray.

Sapoilla's are related to Mamey SapoteStar Apple, and Canistel.  Sapodilla's are known by many names around the world including Mispel, Zapote, Dilly, Chico, Chico sapote, Zapote chico, Zapotillo, Chicle, Sapodilla plum, and Naseberry, among countless others.

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Important Shipping Information

Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States and Canada with plant-based, plastic-free, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, AND compostable packaging materials.  Plants ship ready-to-grow in plantable pots and range in size.  See the size guide on each plant page to learn more about what to expect upon arrival.

Shipping & Handing Cost
Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Live plant orers are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

Tracking Your Order
You will receive shipping an delivery confirmation emails with tracking information once your order is on it's way.  We also send you a link to your Order Status page in your Order Confirmation email.  You can track the progress of your order online and sign up for step-by-step tracking alters via your Order Status Page and/or USPS Tracking Page.

Heat Packs & Weather Holds

Heat Packs
Heat Packs can be purchased separately and are necessary for orders shipping to cold climates under 32 degrees. Visit our Heat Packs page to learn more and purchase your heat pack. 

Weather Holds
If you prefer not to ship your order with a Heat Pack and would like to request a custom winter or summer weather hold until your preferred arrival date, please email shipping@sowexotic.com.  

Local Pickup at the Nursery

Both Nationwide Shipping and Nursery Pickup options are available at checkout. Choose the day/time for your pickup at checkout. We're offering curbside pickup at the nursery entrance. Orders that choose Nursery Pickup but really need Nationwide Shipping will be invoiced upon request for the shipping cost + a $15 fine. Visit our Local Pickup page to learn more.

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico.  Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a few plants that don't make the cut. Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico include: Coffee, Palm, and Banana plants.  Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii include: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, and Passion Fruit plants.

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How to Grow Sapodilla

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: May - November in Florida, with the peak of the crop in June and July. In Mexico, there are two peak seasons: February - April and October - December. 

Mature Size: On average, trees will grow 30-50 ft. but can reach up to 100 ft. in their wild native habitat.

Soil & Moisture: Tolerant of moist soils from sandy to clay. 

Exposure: Full Sun

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 protected


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