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Sapodilla Tree

Manilkara zapota 'Alano'

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)

Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30-50 ft.

Mature Width:

20-30 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Manilkara zapota 'Alano'

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Tropical Fruit Similar to a Pear

The Sapodilla Tree adds Diversity-Take a Look:

  • Slow growing evergreen tree with long lifespan
  • Tons of beautiful, glossy green leaves
  • Attractive, oval-shaped fruit and bell shaped flowers
  • Satisfying fruit flavor similar to a Pear
  • Resistant to wind

Say Hello to Sapodilla

It may not sound pretty but don't let the name fool you. The Sapodilla is one handsome tree with a ton of benefits. From its long, glossy green leaves to the attractive oval fruit that hangs like large brown eggs, the Sapodilla is quickly gaining recognition among evergreen enthusiasts. The bell-shaped flowers bloom several times a year, adding a colorful burst of pinks and reds that complement the sea of green throughout the tree.

A strong specimen, the Sapodilla has a white, gummy latex that reinforces the tree's trunk which helps it hold up well against strong winds. It's also salt and drought resistant. With great looks and adaptability, the Sapodilla is an excellent choice for a variety of possible planting locations.

What looks like an egg but Tastes like a Pear? Sapodilla!

Take a ripe pear and dip it into brown sugar. Sound flavorful? That's the best way to describe the taste you can expect when you bite into a Sapodilla fruit. Sweet and almost malty, cut it into wedges and serve it chilled for a fantastic treat. This fruit tastes like dessert all by itself. But don't let that stop you from dressing up ice creams, cakes and fruit cups.

Rich in Tannin and vitamin C, Sapodilla is good for the body as well as the palate. With everything it has to offer, there's a spot in your garden or landscape just waiting for a Sapodilla.

Order yours today.

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Sapodilla Tree Pollination

Sapodilla Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Sapodilla Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Sapodilla is an amazing fruit . Super sweet
I didn’t get the tree from this site but at a locally nursery.
Sapodilla is a very very slow growth tree . Mine was planted in the ground in inland Pasadena California . After 3 years it grew only to 4ft. Second year it flower and set fruit but you won’t get to eat it until the next year for it to get ripe . It’s amazing slow but the fruit is OMG sweet. Itsvlike pear dip in brown sugar . It’s totally worth it . We love it .
September 30, 2018
Growing Zone:
It is very goodIt started growing New leaves cam
Very good service highly recommend
I will buy in future
July 28, 2018
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
Very slow growing tree
I had the tree in a 7 gals pot and it's still alive and hasn't growing at all. It seems like a very slow growing.
July 24, 2018
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
All 3 sapodilla trees are doing great...Thanks.But my Cuban Mamey Sapota tree is having issues...Leaves are turning yellow.Hoping for it to survive.
July 14, 2018
7 months ago
Neighbors envious
Healthy tree when arrived. 2 months later I still haven't planted into the yard yet. Still have it in the planting pot it shipped with. Going to wait for the tree to get stronger before I give it a new permanent home.
June 26, 2018
7 months ago
Tree is healthy but arrived damaged
Received the tree with a completely severed branch, and another that was damaged and subsequently died. The result was two out of the three branches on the tree died. The remaining branch appears to be healthy.
June 24, 2018
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
We will see if this one survives winter. The peach tree did not do well, one actually died! The other one is coming back. The Sapodilla is a gamble, I have which I got locally it has grown well.
June 13, 2018
10 months ago
Plant arrived in good condition
Its been few weeks. Do not see any new growth but think the plant may survive PA weather. Put the plant in a 16 inch pot. The delivery was less than desired. Fedex left the box in invert position.
June 12, 2018
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
Short review
The tree looks hardy . I have only had it for a short period of 6 weeks . So far has survived in Central CA . Hoping it will keep on .
May 10, 2016
Tulare, CA
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Received sapidillo tree fast .
Fast delivery w explicit instructions to unpack it immediately. I could not plant it immediately, so I was happy for these instructions. Only lost one leaf & the tree is very healthy. Handyman dug a huge well w giant ricks around cause it's up on a 3 tier Rick garden space between 2 Myer lemon trees existing. Gardener recommended to put it there since lemon trees doing well there.
May 10, 2016
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Sapodilla Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Sapodilla Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Sapodilla Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Sapodilla Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
My mother planted one in my childhood home
Maria Elizabeth M on Jan 7, 2019
tasted liked
kim F on Oct 14, 2018
My mother planted one in my childhood home
Maria Elizabeth M on Jan 7, 2019
My son wanted it for christmas
kelly A on Dec 11, 2018
tasted liked
kim F on Oct 14, 2018
The fruit is delish. The trees I ordered earlier in the year are blooming if I can get them to fruit it will be amazing
CARY H on Oct 2, 2018
Same as above mention I love this fruit tree
Mike D on Sep 15, 2018
excellent price
cayetano b on Sep 9, 2018
This is my favorite fruit...
teresita m on Sep 8, 2018
This fruit reminded me of my childhood.
leslie t on Aug 26, 2018
my wife like this fruit so much
jayant p on Jun 29, 2018
Reminds me of Home. Guyana, South America.
dee m on Jun 19, 2018
very good price and service
keith q on Mar 5, 2018
Seeing this plant reminds my parents of home. In Oregon, we'll be growing this in pot, so it can be brought in during winter.
ByGardener on Mar 4, 2018
I tried it in the Bahamas and fell in love with the taste, I had to have one!
Anna L on Feb 22, 2018
Love the description you gave of the fruit.
Debra M K on Feb 1, 2018
Yummy and exotic fruit.
mai n on Jul 23, 2016
Very unique fruit can be found in islands so it's good to find it here. Tree nice for shade
Alma R on Jun 29, 2016
Didn't imagine Sapotas would grow in our garden....always thought they were Only grown tropically!
Meena A on Jun 20, 2016
excellent fruit, comes throughout the year,
padmavathi p on Apr 6, 2016
It's good
Calvin T on Apr 3, 2016
Like it
Vincent V on Apr 2, 2016
Wow, this tree you sent to me grows very good, now I know how to take care tree, 1 fruit is growing up, flowers blooms and no drop, it becomes fruist. I don't believe by myself that I can plant this kind of fruit. I plant in container, next spring I will let it in ground. Same as above, I don't taste it at leat 10 years, sometime I buy in market, but it raws no ripe and finally I have to throw away. When I am ready, I will send it picture to you.
Van T on Aug 24, 2015
My son wanted it for christmas
kelly A on Dec 11, 2018
The fruit is delish. The trees I ordered earlier in the year are blooming if I can get them to fruit it will be amazing
CARY H on Oct 2, 2018
What temperature will this withstand?
Jose David H on Nov 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They can withstand brief temperatures down to 30 degrees.
how tall is 3 gal sapote tree?
jimmy c on Feb 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 2 ft to 3ft
i live in new york zone6 if i but this tree, can i plamnt it in ground right away will it survive winter ? or should i keep it indoors for a couple or years
Vikki on May 1, 2015
will sapodilla called (nispero) in cuba-how soon will have fruit in south louisiana (metairie)?
south of lake ponchatrain ,south of interstate I-10
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: usually next season
will this tree have to be in a pot in the Seattle area?
carolyn on Feb 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would have to be in a container and taken in during the colder months.
What kind of fertilizer is best for sapodilla plants?j
Newal on Oct 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A time released fertilizer 8-3-9 is best.
How old are the sapodilla trees that you sell?
Lupe O on Jun 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There about 1-2 years old.
Can this tree plant in container?
Phi L on Feb 26, 2016
Since this Sapodilla tree plant came in a container, it was in a container for a couple of months before I planted it in the ground. It would be safe to say that it will grow and thrive in a container but its growth will be slow. JMHO. :-)
Is it from seed or grafted?
Yung L on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If is from graft you would be able to see at the bottom of the plant where the young tree was grafted to the host. If it is from seed there is no such visible union. In addition, most grafted sapodillas will begin to flower, even bear fruit within 3 years. Plants from seeds take longer than 5 years to flower.
how will the plant survive in east coast winter?
Shravanthi v on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
If you live in zones 4-8 then you would need to bring it indoors in the winter.
Will it grow in Sacramento?
Aj G on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have seen some grown in California same as lychee and Longan trees. The owners had planted the tree in a partial shade area and it survive.
I live inElk Grove California, I want to ask if this tree will survive here?
Elena W on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bought 2 Sapodilla trees in 2017 around Sept and planted them in pot for now and placed one in my patio and one outside and they both survive in Milpitas, CA with all the leaf when they came with but I haven't seen any new leave yet. They still look healthy but the one in patio look better.
Can this plant grow in pot on patio?
Raj P on Jun 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If it is a big pot, it will grow and yield fruits
Does the Sapodilla tree have to rest in the winter like apple/pear trees? Or can it be brought inside and keep its foliage all year long?
craig s on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sapodilla is a tropical tree so it does'nt rest in the winter like apple/pear trees. Some people say that the damage temperature is below 28° F for several hours, but to be sure bring it in inside. I plant it outside (i'm living in growing zone 10). I hope that my answer will help :)
does the Sapodilla tree grow in Keyes, California?
cheryl a on Jan 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Zones 4-11 could plant in a pot and move them indoors in the winter
what is the mature height if plant on ground?
Gong S on Dec 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The mature height is 30-50 feet tall.
do we need to plant two trees for pollination/?
reddy k on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are self-pollinating, but you will get more fruit with two trees.
What is a serving of sapodila?

This is a question

To come
Agnes M on Jan 3, 2019

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