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Sapodilla Tree

The sapodilla tree is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 meters in height, although cultivated varieties are often smaller.

These trees thrive in tropical and subtropical climates with temperatures between 21°C to 38°C.

They require care and attention to thrive, including proper soil, irrigation, and pruning. When well-maintained, sapodilla trees yield abundant, sweet, and flavourful fruit for many years.

Its leaves are elliptical and glossy green, clustered at the tips of the branches. The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers, usually pale yellow or cream. The fruit is round to oval in shape, about the size of a small apple, and typically has a rough, grainy skin.

The flavour is often described as a blend of pear, peach, and brown sugar with a hint of cinnamon.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Imported Tropical Trees are small in size:
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Position

They require well-drained soil with good fertility and prefer slightly acidic to neutral pH levels.

Adequate rainfall or irrigation is essential for their growth.

These trees are drought-tolerant once established but benefit from regular watering, especially during dry periods.

Fertilising:

Sapodilla trees benefit from regular fertilisation during their growing season, which is typically in the spring and early summer. You can also apply a smaller amount of fertilizer in late summer or early fall. Our berry fertiliser is a great slow-release for all fruit trees.

Mulching:

Applying a layer of mulch around the tree’s base can help conserve moisture and maintain soil temperature. Organic mulch, like wood chips or straw, can release nutrients slowly as it breaks down, providing additional nourishment.

 Pruning

Pruning is essential to maintain the tree’s shape, promote air circulation, and facilitate fruit harvesting. It’s best to prune sapodilla trees during the dormant season.

Harvesting:

Sapodillas are typically harvested when they are slightly firm and can be easily separated from the tree. Ripe fruit gives slightly when gently squeezed.

Post-harvest ripening at room temperature can further enhance the fruit’s flavour and texture.

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