A close relative of the mamey, green sapote is native to the highlands of Ecuador. The tree has smaller, darker green leaves than the mamey, but is consider to also have a superior flavor and finer texture. The dark dull green fruit turns to gold when ripe and the thick orange flesh has a 'melting in your mouth' effect similar to the mamey.
The tree grows around 30' in height and spread in South Florida, with evergreen leaves clustered at the ends of flowering branches and alternately arranged on non-flowering branches The young branches are coated in brown hairs, and the underside of the large lance-shaped leaves are hairy and woolly, adding to the ornamental characteristics of the plant.
Green sapote does best in fertile, slightly acid soils and full sun. It requires fertilization and mulching on neutral, nutrient-deficient sandy soils. It is drought tolerant when older, but prefers constantly moist but well-drained soils for best fruit production. The plant is not salt-tolerant and therefore not a good choice for seaside landscaping.
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