The tree is low-growing and spreading, with smooth leaflets. It is planted frequently in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica and is occasionally grown in northern South America, the Bahamas, West Indies, along the Riviera and other parts of the Mediterranean region, India and the East Indies. Propagated by budding and sold by nurserymen in the 1940's. Rare, collectible fruit tree. 'Maechtlen'–named for the parent, an old tree on property owned by the Maechtlen family in Covina, California. In California, some of the early plantings were on light, decomposed granite soil, and they were fruitful for many years. An additional species, C. emarginata Standl. The white sapote is a superb but delicate fruit that tastes like a rncreamy sugar cube. 'Parroquia'–originated in California; oval, 2 1/2 in (6.25 cm) wide, 3 in (7.5 cm) long; skin yellow-green, smooth, thin; flesh ivory, of very good flavor. *According to analyses made in El Salvador. One of the original trees in Santa Barbara, California, was said to be over 100 years old in 1915. The latest trend and news right now is Oprah purchased an Avocado Orchard because... Avocado Recall: Who’s Responsible? Grafted trees will start bearing in 3 or 4 years. Round; skin golden-yellow tinged with green, thin; flesh of good, non-bitter flavor. Tree is a prolific bearer. Tree is precocious and blooms and fruits all year. They are reputed in Mexico to have soporific effect. [*The genus Casimiroa was actually named after Casimiro Gomez, an Otome Indian from the town of Cardonal, Hidalgo, Mexico, a martyr of Mexico's war of independence.] The epithet "matasano" (interpreted as "kill health") has a sinister connotation. Fertilizer formulas should vary with the nature of the soil, but, in general, the grower is advised to follow procedures suitable for citrus trees. The fruit are typically baseball to softball size, and the trees begin fruiting in just one to rntwo years. C. sapota is very similar but the leaves usually have only 3, somewhat smaller, leaflets. Click here to Learn more >>. Tree bears well. Season In the Bahamas, the fruits ripen from late May through August. Tree bears regularly and heavily in California. and C. watsonii Engl., are apparently confined to Mexico and have received scant attention. Some years ago in Central America there were unsuccessful efforts to manufacture from the pulp an acceptable preserve. Fruit Shape/Size: Round to 2.5 to 3 inches: Fruit Flavor: Sweet, Tangy: In Florida, the trees grow and fruit well on deep sand and on oolitic limestone, though, on the latter, they may become chlorotic. Fruit ripens from late fall to summer. & Steyerm., was described in 1944, based on a single specimen in Guatemala. 'Pike', however, if picked a month early, will take 2 weeks to ripen and will be substandard in flavor. In processing trials at the Western Regional Research Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, California, technologists decided that white sapotes; are not suitable for either canning in sirup or freezing as a puree. White sapotes have not done well in the Philippines. This stub will fall off naturally when the fruits become eating-ripe. White Sapote trees are now available! Pests and Diseases The white sapote has few natural enemies but the fruits of some cultivars are attacked by fruit flies. Grafting is a common practice in California and Florida in midsummer. Cuttings are very difficult to root. 'Harvey'–originated in California; round; 3 1/2 in (9 cm) wide; skin smooth, yellow-green with bright orange cheek; flesh cream-colored to pale-yellow; not of the best flavor. They are best eaten fresh and chilled, but are excellent in ice cream and milkshakes as well. They are fairly drought-resistant. 'Gillespie'–originated in California; fruit is round, 3 in (7.5 cm) wide; skin is light-green with russet cheek, fairly tough, rough; flesh is white, of very good flavor. RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS: © Copyright 2020 Plant-O-Gram Inc. All Rights Reserved PlantOGram.com. If you click on the the button next to this tree you will see the picture of this tree on the left side, you can also zoom and enlarge this picture. C. edulis has leaves that are usually composed of 5 leaflets, glabrous to slightly pubescent on the underside, and 5-parted flowers. The trees featured in the "Pick Your Tree" section usually represent the oldest and largest specimens that we have available. Other Uses Seeds: In 1959, Dr. Everette Burdick, Consulting Chemist, of Coral Gables, Florida, made several extractions from the kernels, securing small amounts of needle-like yellow crystals. In California, 'Pike' and 'Yellow' bloom in the spring and again in late summer and fall, the fruits from late blooms maturing gradually over the winter. They have light-gray, thick, warty bark and often develop long, drooping branches. In southern Florida, the woolly-leaved is sometimes planted in preference to C. edulis.