The white zapote forms a medium to large tree up to 60' tall in the wild, 30-40' in the landscape. The crown is upright to spreading in growth habit and renders the tree good as a shade tree for gardens. The small pale green to cream colored flowers bloom in the spring; these mature into greenish-yellow or golden yellow fruits, 3-5" in diameter. The pulp is sweet with a pudding or custard-like texture, white to off-white and smooth. The seeds are poisonous and should not be consumed. White zapote generally ripens in late summer to fall. The fruit is an excellent addition to milkshakes, smoothies and desserts.
White zapote hails from Mexico and Central America, and is naturally best adapted to tropical climates that have a distinct dry season. This makes it very well-suited to the South Florida landscape. Trees should be spaced 25' apart in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Fertilization is not required, and in fact white zapote seems to fruit best when soil is only moderately fertile. Water new transplants until they are well-established; thereafter the trees can survive on seasonal rainfall.
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