Sapodilla 'Brown Sugar' (Manilkara zapota)

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The 'Brown Sugar' Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) stands out among fruit trees for its delightful fruit, which earns its name from the exceptionally sweet, rich flavor reminiscent of brown sugar. This variety is cherished for its round to oval fruits, characterized by a rough, grainy, sandy brown skin and a lusciously sweet, caramel-colored flesh that boasts a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Cultivated primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, the 'Brown Sugar' variety thrives under warm conditions, favoring well-drained soils and full sunlight exposure. The tree itself is robust and low-maintenance, adorned with glossy, evergreen leaves that contribute to its ornamental value. While it grows slowly, it eventually bears prolifically, offering fruits that are highly valued for their intense sweetness and depth of flavor.

The fruits are typically harvested when they slightly soften and detach easily, indicating their peak ripeness and optimal sugar content. Beyond their fresh consumption, these sapodillas are versatile in culinary uses, enhancing desserts, smoothies, and sauces with their rich, sugary flavor.

In the landscape, the 'Brown Sugar' Sapodilla is both practical and visually appealing, providing a lush, tropical look and a reliable source of sweet, nutritious fruits. Its adaptability and the relative ease of care make it a favored choice for gardeners and fruit enthusiasts looking to add a sweet, flavorful variety to their collection.

Plant Type:
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Fall, Spring, Winter

Mature Size:
On average, Sapodilla trees will reach mature heights and equal canopy widths of anywhere from 15-50 feet, depending on growing conditions. Sapodilla trees will produce fruit in containers.

Soil & Moisture:
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! Increase watering during flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Medium 

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 (frost protection until established); Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Sapodilla's prefer warm locales but are also slightly frost tolerant, highly wind tolerant and can take salt spray. Frost protection is necessary when young, but established Sapodilla trees may be cold tolerant down to 28 degrees.

Propagation:
Our Sapodilla fruit tree varieties are mainly grown from graft, but may also sometimes be air-layered.

Large Pot Size: Established with more healthy growth and capable to produce within 2 or 3 years.

X-Large Pot Size: Most established, mature plant with full foliage, closest to fruiting size and capable to produce within 1 or 2 years.

See More:
Sow Exotic has several types and sizes of Sapodilla fruit trees. Shop All Sapodilla Varieties.

Sapodilla is 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.

Sapoilla is a close relative of Mamey SapoteStar Apple, and Canistel

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