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Sapodilla 'Silas Wood' (Manilkara zapota)

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For a surefire way to grow the Alano Sapodilla fruit you know and love in a convenient container size, look to Silas Wood Sapodilla! 

This semi-dwarf, tropical evergreen fruit tree has a great overlap with other varieties of Manilkara zapota. The Silas Wood Sapodilla, whether grown by graft or air-layer, fruits as quick as just 1-2 years, and is one of the smallest reliably fruiting tropical fruit trees.  In truly tropical climates, Silas Wood Sapodilla has the potential to produce fruit year-round. 

This Sapodilla variety is suitable for container growing. Fruit can be plentiful, even for young trees, and may need to be supported in earlier years. Silas Wood Sapodilla fruit is spherical, ranging 2 to 4 inches in diameter, with an unassuming pear-like caramel brown skin.  When the fruit is ripe, Alano Sapodilla ranks among some of the most luxurious flavors and aromas - somewhere between a tender pear infused with brown sugar with an effervescent  hint of jasmine. 

The Sapodilla is thought to have originated in the Central American rain forests, probably in Mexico and Belize. Today, its cultivation has spread all over the tropical belt and grown as a major commercial crop in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia.  Sapoilla's are related to Mamey SapoteStar Apple, and Canistel and 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.

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; 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 ready to produce within 2 or 3 years.

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

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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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More Reasons to Grow Sapodilla

Like Pomegranates, Persimmons, and Grapes - Sapodilla fruit is rich in antioxidant polyphenolic compound tannins (naturally occurring polyphenols). Studies show that tannins possess astringent properties, and may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. Sapodilla is high in calories, about 83 per fruit, almost the same as sweet potatoes and bananas. It's a good source of potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, and dietary fiber.

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