It is deciduous under drought and other stress. This means all the available space in the container has been filled with roots to the point that the tap root is growin… Stress such as either prolonged cold or abnormal heat, will cause defoliation and a subsequent new growth flush. Cleft, splice, or approach grafts are all successful. …why not sign in to smile.amazon.com with your regular Amazon credentials and choose California Rare Fruit Growers as your designated charity? Snails can defoliate young trees and damage fruit. I guess you could say it tastes like a custard dessert, with a hint of banana or peach. Common Name: White Sapote, Mexican Apple Latin Name: Casimiroa edulis Family: Rutaceae Origin: eastern Mexico and Central America south to Costa Rica Hardiness: USDA Zone 9: 3 gallon - 10" diameter pots. Planting over a patio can be a big mistake. They are hermaphrodite and occasionally unisexual because of aborted stigmas. The fruit is said to be soporific and have an effect upon the central nervous system, hence the name Matasano, but it is pleasing and wholesome. Only grafted trees are suitable for containers; seedlings get large fast. The fruit shape is round, oval or ovoid, symmetrical or irregular. Fruit color ranges from apple-green to orange-yellow at maturity, according to cultivar. Contact us. They will tolerate some salts, but gradually decline. Black scale often occurs on nursery stock and occasionally on mature trees in California. 6 No. Soils: White sapotes prefer a well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5, but the tree will grow in almost any soil as long as it is well-drained. Control by keeping weeds away and applying bait. The apple-sized fruits have a creamy texture like pudding, and are very sweet & delicious, with no acidity. Irrigation: White sapote trees are drought tolerant but produce better fruit with regular, deep watering. Presentations & Handouts by Tom del Hotal, If you — like the rest of the world — are buying more from Amazon these days…. But now you can grow your own supply of fruit at home! White sapote trees may be propagated by seed or vegetatively. Established trees withstand occasional frost to 22° F., although young trees can be damaged at 30° F. The tree does best where the mean temperature from April to October is about 68° F. White sapotes are also tolerant of cold wet roots and north sides of buildings. Matasano, (C. Sapote Oerst. Flowers: The odorless flowers, small and greenish-yellow, are 4- or 5-parted, and born in terminal and axillary panicles. A 1922 analysis of flesh by the University of California found: 72.64% water, 0.44% ash, 0.64% protein, 20.64% total sugars (8.44% invert, 12.20% sucrose), 0.46% fat, 1.26% fiber,and 3.92% starches, etc. They range in size from 1 – 2 inches in length. I've never understood why it isn't commonly sold in the U.S. Origin: The white sapote is native to central Mexico. Young trees tend toward a single, limber stem for first 2 years often requiring staking. Green-skinned varieties have white flesh; yellow skinned varieties have yellow flesh. They prefer full sun. The first step is to choose a healthy nursery tree. After planting, remove the flowers and pinch out the terminal bud to encourage branching. Common Names: White Sapote, Sapote, Zapote blanco, Casimiroa. We are grower of bareroot fruit trees and we are located in Southern California. White sapotes are often most productive following wet winters. In California mature trees are found from Chico, southward. Young trees tend toward a single, limber stem for first 2 years often requiring staking. They are best eaten fresh and chilled, but are excellent in ice cream and milkshakes as well. At 30 mg per 100 g of fresh pulp, the fruit is a moderately good source of vitamin C. Commercial potential: The white sapote is an old California fruit and is liked by most people who taste it.