Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna)

Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna)

Regular price $44.95
7 in stock

Mature Grafted Fruit Tree

The delicious Black Sapote is a highly saught after rare tropical fruit tree. A popular name for Black Sapote is Chocolate Pudding fruit, and rightfully so.  Like all sapote-named fruit, the inner flesh is thick and custardy  with a warm and fruity cacao like flavor. 

Black Sapote tropical fruit tree is native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and into Colombia. Growing Black Sapote does not require a lot of close attention in the right climate, but it is best to be aware of its growth once it comes time to fruit. Black Sapote trees grow leafy and dense, producing fruit prolifically in subtropical climates, where they do not need much coddling once established. The fruits have a tendency to mature quickly, weighing down on the edges of branches, and falling to the ground. The result of a fallen Black Sapote fruit is a messy splash of pudding cups. When properly harvested, the fruit serves as a dessert staple, similar to typical Sapote varieties. It can be prepared raw for use in fresh desserts, cooked into pies and pastries, or blended into a fresh drink.

In the world of Sapotes, Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) is simply misunderstood: Related to neither the Sapote (Pouteria sapota), nor the white Sapote (Casimiroa edulis), Black Sapote is actually in the persimmon family of plants, Ebenaceae. The misalignment with Sapotes comes from the nature of its fruit, which shares the creamy texture characteristic of White Sapote fruit and other Sapote like tropical fruits. 

Important Shipping Information

Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States and Canada with 100% plastic-free biodegradable and compostable shipping materials.  Plants ship ready-to-grow in 4" coconut coir pots or 1-3 gal plantable pots.

Shipping & Handing Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!  Live locally and want to save on shipping?  See our Local Pickup option below.

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

Shipping Confirmation & Delivery Confirmation 
We will automatically send you a Shipping Confirmation Email with tracking information when your order's shipping label or labels are created and your order is processed.  We will also automatically send you a Delivery Confirmation Email the moment your order is delivered so you know exactly when to go out and collect it!

Tracking Your Order
You can track the progress of your order online and sign up for step-by-step tracking alters via your Order Status Page, USPS Tracking Page, or the Arrive App.

A link to your Order Status page is automatically sent to you in your Order Confirmation email.  You can also track your order via the USPS tracking page (a link to that is sent in your shipping confirmation email).  Another way to track your order status is with the Arrive App, which can be downloaded on your Order Status Page. 

Heat Packs & Cold 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 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

Plants ship bare root to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of 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 Black Sapote

Plant Type: Evergreen fruiting tree

Harvest Season: Summer to Winter

Mature Size: Up to 80 ft

Soil & Moisture: Adaptable; Prefers well-drained soil that can hold moisture

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 to 11 with frost protection


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