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BLACK SAPOTE

Black SapoteBotanical Name: Diospyros digyna
Description

Closely related to the Persimmon this attractive glossy foliaged tree produces a fruit often called the 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. Delicious when eaten as a desert with cream and a touch of Rum or vanilla. Seedling selection worth growing in cooler marginal areas.

Other Names: Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Chocolate Persimmon, Zapote Prieto
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$19.75 6 Seedling Pot: 2.5L
Height: 70-80cm

$17.90 2 Seedling Pot: 0.75L
Height: 30-40cm

$17.90 0 Seedling Pot: 0.5L
Height: 10-20cm
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Eat Dried (#EatDried), Eat Fresh (#EatFresh), Eat Icecream (#EatIcecream), Eat Smoothie (#EatSmoothie), Flesh Texture Smooth (#FleshTextureSmooth), Fruit Picked Unripe (#FruitPickedUnripe), Great For Kids (#GreatForKids), Ground Cover (#GroundCover), Grow Full Sun (#GrowFullSun), Leaves Evergreen (#LeavesEvergreen), Ripen Off Tree (#RipenOffTree), Size Fruit 7-10cm (#SizeFruit7-10cm), Size Height 5-10m (#SizeHeight5-10m), Size Plant Width 5-10m (#SizePlantWidth5-10m), Taste Flesh Mild (#TasteFleshMild)

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Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate

1+ Beneficial (cross pollination helps with fruit set)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

5+ Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

September, October, November, December

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Question & Answer

Hello I would like to purchase 2 black Sapote trees or chocolate pudding fruit trees. I was wondering if l have to buy the same variety for them to fruit or can I buy two different varieties. I would greatly appreciate your knowledge as all the other plants l have are self pollinating so l am new to this. From: Heathcote nsw NSW

2 seedling varieties will pollination each other as seedlings are genetically unique or every seedling is different to another seedling plant. #BlackSapote1010 But 2 grafted varieties will not eg 2x Grafted Black Sapote Supurbs will not pollinate each other as they are genetically the same ( come from the same mother plant ) So you would need to get a Black Sapote Supurb + a Black Sapote Ricks Late for pollination or a Black Sapote Supurb and a Seedling Black sapote for pollination.

We purchased a Black Sapote with other fruit trees and lillypillies, about 6 years ago. The Sapote has not set fruit. It flowers though. any suggestions would be very much appreciated From: Brisbane QLD

Black sapotes can be complicated in terms of pollination and some trees will not produce flowers that are self fertile. If your tree is flowering but not setting fruit try growing another with it.

Customer Comments on Black Sapote

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Black Sapote - Seedling

My tree has grown very well and is four metres high. Plenty of flowers but no fruit. Only now found out that this could be because it has only male flowers, and of course it needs female flowers to get fruit. So recommend grafted trees, not seedlings. | Edward - Carlingford, NSW 22-Aug-2010

Black Sapote

I planted 2, one in clay soil and one in sandy soil. The one in clay soil died. The one in sandy soil initially had fungal problems but is now doing well. Mine produces fruit (self pollinating) | Neville - Sydney, NSW 24-Dec-2016

Black Sapote

I have 2 sapotes from Daleys. The first has been fruiting by itself for quite few years and now both have LOTS of fruit. | Linda - Glenorie, NSW 08-Nov-2017

Black Sapote

I bought a single plant less than three years ago and it has it's first crop on this year. Fruiting is prolific, I'm really surprised at how quickly it bore fruit and the quantity produced! | Cj - Ayr, QLD 08-Mar-2018
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Black Sapote

SEPD's Edible Fruits
Update: 3766 days 22hrs

Comments: -

I do not know but it seemed to react badly to Adealide's climate. Leaves fell off at the slightest chill and burnt in the 40deg summer heat. So it struggled over a summer and winter with lots of TLC and shade cloth but in the end died.


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Black Sapote

Scottyg's Edible Fruits
Update: 3563 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Fantastic looking tree as it loves a good watering and rewards you with abundant fruit and lovely foliage. Found the best time to pick fruit is when the sepal starts to lift off the surface of the fruit.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 5/10

Msjekyll's Edible Fruits
Update: 1823 days 1hrs

Comments: -

  Loves plenty of water.  Growing in a sheltered position on the edge of a jacaranda.

Fruiting well now it is established.


Height 2 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Has anyone got these to set fruit in Sydney?


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Comments

HappyEarth says... [3149 days 4hrs ago]
Ive seen heaps of trees set fruit in Wollongong
andy11 says... [1764 days 17hrs ago]
Hello did u just have the one tree? Iv got 2 but the flower never forms into fruit? Any ideas? Thanks!
msjekyll says... [1763 days 22hrs ago]
I have one tree that has finally fruited for the last few years but it is effected by fruit fly.

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Black Sapote (Seedling) 7/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 3151 days 18hrs

Comments: - Steady grower with amazing colored fruits the size of oranges.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Horse manure, worm castings and dynamic lifter

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 7/10

Carla1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1151 days 14hrs

Comments: -

tried growing grafted types but had no success.  This seedling tree is tough and has produced it's first 5 fruits this year 2008 (took 11 yrs).                 1st Photo taken 2009.


Fruiting Months June

Planted: 1997

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2008 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

so far, pest free

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

Edward3 says... [286 days 14hrs ago]
You are lucky because my seedling black sapote (5m tall) gets plenty of flowers but they all drop off. Seems they are self-infertile.

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Black Sapote 10/10

Debra's Edible Fruits
Update: 3767 days 18hrs

Comments: -

I worried about my sapote at first and molly coddled it for a while but it is doing quiet well so far, I have it protected with shade cloth in the chook yard, so the chooks are keeping weeds and bugs at bay, the only worry I have is the heat and the wind, (it can get very hot and windy here), it is watered by reticulation daily and mulched well.

Planted: 2008

Height 4 Feet

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: animal manure

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

chooks

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 8/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3091 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Beautiful large glossy leaves, you'd get away with this tree in the garden masquerading as an ormamental untill it starts to overtake everything.

Planted: 2009

Height 2.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 9/10

Nathan1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2528 days 11hrs

Comments: -

UPDATE 2012: Has really come on, small buds/fruit developing

Had been sitting in a pot for a while, handled that well, now seems to be settling in to ground quite well.

Height 110 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote

Minky1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3112 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Just ordered from Daleys should get it next week.

Received and planted and is growing exceptionally well.  A lot of new growth, all I do is make sure it gets lots and lots of water.

Unfortunately my son has decided to practice his pruning skills on my black sapote whilst I was hanging out the clothes.  What was about 1.5m tall with a massive amount of new growth is now only under 0.5m with a couple of leaves. I don't know if this little guy is going to make it.  Let's just say I was very, very upset with my son for this.

September 2010 - new growth starting to come from stick that was left - this guy is a fighter.

Has grown sigificantly over summer and is now growing more laterally than in height - lots of branches.

Planted: 2009

Height 58 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Black Sapote

C1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3782 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Planted: August 2008

Height 1 m

Growing: pot in green house (formerly in orchard)

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: N/A

First Fruited: N/A

Sun/Shade: part Sun

Water Given in: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Pollination:

Other Comments:  This was a very poor performing tree and extremely sensitive to the cold.  I removed in about March 2009 and replaced with a grafted variety whcih is doing much better.  Plant seems to be responding in pot. 

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Black Sapote (Seedling) 8/10

Edward3's Edible Fruits
Update: 883 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Has flowered profusely for several years, but not much fruit set. Hence I planted a second variety of black sapote more recently and this seems to have helped with fruit set. In 2014 the tree had many flowers but the second variety had no flowers (still small tree), and again there was no fruit set, So it does seem that cross pollination is essential for the seedling tree.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2007

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 2013 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: superb


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Black Sapote 6/10

Mountview's Edible Fruits
Update: 3763 days 20hrs

Comments: -

I sucessfully grow a number of warm climate fruit trees

Fruiting Months May

Planted: 2006

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Autumn and Winter

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Winter

Pest Control:

I only use organic suitable sprays & mostly inspect visually and deal with by hand.  I endeavour to keep the trees healthy so that they resist pests !

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 5/10

LittleEden1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3473 days 21hrs

Comments: -

I have this wrapped in shade cloth to protect from hot sun and frosts. It struggles through winter and nearly died last year but is looking glorious coming into this winter. Hopefully it will do better now it is bigger.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

NIL

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 8/10

Hayden's Edible Fruits
Update: 3245 days 19hrs

Comments: -

purchased whyee nursery.

big plant and it looks great  $30 at whyee nursery. seems happy and i would definantly recomend. i water it alot.

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: horse poo, osmocote, seasol

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

can i use my horse poo on this?


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Black Sapote (Seedling)

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 3330 days 21hrs

Comments: - Have been growing this in a pot for 1 year. Is flowering profusely already.

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 10/10

Sean1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2874 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Used to have one in Cairns - amazing fruit. Took a bit to acclimatise to Sydney but I have it in a black pot & it is doing well. Grown about 50cm since it arrived (August 2011) Flowered Dec 2011 but no fruit set

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Seasol

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Black Sapote (Grafted) 8/10

AgnesK's Edible Fruits
Update: 1083 days 15hrs

Comments: - Beautiful large green leaves and fairly hardy in the tropics. Had leaves fall due to dryness but comes back after some water

Planted: 2015

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1.5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Black Sapote (Grafted) 6/10

JasonRutkowski1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3704 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Growing slowly but well - looks good.  Needs protection from Wildlife

Planted: 2005

Height 1 metres

Qty: 2

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

Fencing to keep out wildlife

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

Justin1 says... [631 days 0hrs ago]
Which wildlife in particular eat this tree?

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Black Sapote (Seedling)

ManishU's Edible Fruits
Update: 379 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Update:09-Dec-2011: Growing slowly but surely.


Never tasted this chocolate pudding fruit either and i hear its the best. Love the glossy leaves.

I know that this seedling will form into a huge tree if not pruned. I intend to keep it small with regular pruning.

Height 0.75 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Question: When will this seedling produce fruit?


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Black Sapote 9/10

TonisFruit1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1422 days 18hrs

Comments: - I remember trying this as a child.  Arrived today. Excellent plant. Getting it ready for its final place 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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