White Sapote Seedling (Casimiroa edulis)

White Sapote Seedling (Casimiroa edulis)

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Before the world of ice cream monarchies and broken custard machines, the White Sapote fruit reigned supreme in the world of desserts. The soft custardy fruit has a sweet delicious flavor with tropical hints of banana, vanilla, or peach! 

White Sapote is actually a distant relative of Citrus, whereas the Black Sapote is related to Persimmon! Where White Sapote tastes just like vanilla pudding, it's totally unrelated counterpart, the Black Sapote, tastes exactly like chocolate pudding.

Grow White Sapote to carry on a beloved tradition in tropical fruit horticulture, or to join the ranks of its small-scale commercial production in the United States. For populations of people indigenous to tropical and subtropical regions of the world, the White Sapote is an obvious choice for post-mealtime decadence. Harvest the fruit before it drops by clipping it from the stem, and allow it to ripen at room temperature until soft. Then you’re ready for a new twist on your milkshakes and desserts. 

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Late Fall, Early Winter

Mature Size:
15-30 ft.  White Sapote trees can grow up to 60 ft tall in native habitats, but are likely to remain smaller and controlled otherwise. 

Soil & Moisture:
Well-draining, sandy, soil rich in organic matter. White Sapote likes consistent watering but is completely intolerant of flooding. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun (highest production), Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. White Sapote is hardy to 23 degrees once established!

Propagation:
These White Sapote trees are grown from seed and may take up to 5 years to be capable of producing fruit.  For faster growing producing trees, see our Grafted 'Redlands' White Sapote variety in two sizes.

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