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Black Sapote

Diospyros digyna
Closely related to the Persimmon this attractive glossy foliaged tree produces a fruit often called the 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. They are best eaten when the fruit is very soft and the skin turns a dark colour Seedling selections are worth growing in co... Read More
Other Names: Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Chocolate Persimmon, Zapote Prieto

$12.90 ($12.90-$29.00 choose a size)

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Specifications of Black Sapote

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1+ Beneficial (cross pollination helps with fruit set)Learn about Pollination

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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Black Sapote Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 2months ago


Black Sapote - Seedling

I like a challenge. Living in the arid zone, hot dry summers and cold winters, I have developed protected areas in my large garden where rainforest plants survive and fruit. I always buy 2 plants and keep one in a pot for a while so I can move it around to suit its needs. I plant the other out in the best place I can and use Envy for frost protection until established. Fruit would be a bonus. Let's hope.

★★★★★ 5months ago


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★★★★★ 6months ago


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Not sure how these will go in our area but the fruit looks interesting and hopefully they will thrive once established. All trees are very healthy and going well at this stage

★★★★★ 6months ago


Black Sapote - Seedling

My first sapote tree ever. I planted it beside the persimmons. Looking forward to the first crop.

★★★★★ 6months ago


Black Sapote - Seedling

Has settled quite nicely and is flourishing very well

★★★★★ 1y ago


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★★★★★ 2y ago


just bought it, can't wait to see how it does

6y ago

Ayr, QLD, Australia

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!

6y ago

Glenorie, NSW, Australia

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.


★★★ 6y ago

ASHFIELD, NSW, Australia

Looking forward to trying the fruit.

★★★★ 7y ago

CONNOLLY, WA, Australia

Great looking tree that has finally after 20 years begun to give fruit and wow what a great taste, all my friends and family love the taste too

7y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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)


★★★★ 7y ago

TULLY, QLD, Australia

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


★★★ 7y ago


I purchased 4, 2 year old black sapote seedlings on eBay during the start of winter. They have since tried to push new growth but the cold weather was detrimental to their progress. Its now Spring and one of the 4 is looking to open some buds. They sur...

★★★★ 8y ago

VIRGINIA , QLD, Australia

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

★★★★ 8y ago


We have 3 black sapote seedlings - 2 in pots undercover, 1 planted in ground in garden. The plants in pots are growing well. The plant outside was damaged by frost and lost it's leaves, but plenty of new growth now!


★★★★ 9y ago


Sydney winter knocks it about but then it bounces back in summer, best kept out of the wind and likes lots of flowers or fruit yet.


★★★★ 10y ago


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 (stil...

★★★★★ 12y ago

Miranda, NSW, Australia

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


★★★★ 12y ago

Cringila, NSW, Australia

UPDATE 2012: Has really come on, small buds/fruit developingHad been sitting in a pot for a while, handled that well, now seems to be settling in to ground quite well.


★★★ 13y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Steady grower with amazing colored fruits the size of oranges.

★★★★ 13y ago

bateau bay, nsw, australia

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

13y ago

Carlingford, NSW, Australia

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.

★★ 14y ago

Mulbring, NSW, Australia

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.


★★ 14y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

  Loves plenty of water.  Growing in a sheltered position on the edge of a jacaranda.Fruiting well now it is established.


★★★ 14y ago

Winmalee, NSW, Australia

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


★★★★ 14y ago

WALLARAH, NSW, Australia

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

★★★ 14y ago

LAWSON, NSW, Australia

I sucessfully grow a number of warm climate fruit trees

★★★★★ 14y ago

Deepdale, WA, Australia

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 wi...


★★★ 14y ago

EULEILAH, QLD, Australia

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.

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