The Casimiroa or white sapote as it is also known is native to the Mexican highlands and Central America. It is a pleasurable tasting fruit reminiscent of vanilla custard mixed with creamy banana and peaches. Although often called a white sapote it is not a member of the sapote family. The yellowy-green skinned fruit has white flesh and is used primarily as a dessert fruit.
The trees have a very appealing drooping habit with long branches that can almost touch the ground. They are fast growing with two main spurts, once in early spring and again in early autumn. Casimiroa trees fruit prolifically and a healthy mature tree can produce 1000 fruit per year. They are also long lived and can crop for 100 years or more. Fruits should be picked when they are just beginning to soften and change colour from green to yellow, if picked too soon they are astringent. Do not plant close to paths or buildings as they can have troublesome root systems.
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Plant Information or Specifications
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
, February, March
Customer Comments on White Sapote
Needs deep soil. Water and feed well, as the roots are voracious. Responds to potassium supplement early Autumn. Flowers and fruits in late Autumn and Winter in Southern states. Spray for fruit fly important. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 30-Jan-2006
A tea made from the chopped up green leaves and drunk before going to bed can give restful sleep and cheaper than sleeping tablets | Ron Briggs - Grafton , NSW 05-Jul-2007
Spray with a diluted mixture made from BORAX .This will help fruit set,i also do this with my Avacardo and at this time i have an abundance of fruit forming on both trees | Gerwal Gheese - Modbury, SA 03-Nov-2007
Warning. The seed of the white sapote is fatally toxic. We had a very sick golden retriever who ate a fruit and crunched into one of the seeds. Fortunately she threw up what she had eaten and is OK. An edible fruit with toxic seeds! You need to warn peopl | Roz Hart - Shenton Park, WA 04-Mar-2008
The seeds are supposed to be a narcotic if your dog eats them he'll probaly be triping | Paul Dixon - Condong, NSW 06-Jul-2008
Seeds of white sapote are used in Mexico as a herbal medicine to lower blood pressure. Pharmacologically-active chemicals have been isolated from them and tested in laboratory animals. Consequently they appear to be potentially poisonous if eaten. | Ross Mckenzie - Brisbane, QLD 02-Mar-2009
Frost knocked them back to rootstock, but after being transplanted to a frost free spot, they are doing great. Growing well in shallow clay soil, with frequent droughts and no irrigation. Very drought tolerant. No fruit yet, five years on. | Dave Price - Nanango, QLD 28-Jun-2010
I grew mine from seed. One in three trees is fertile. About 5 years. Accidental overwatering caused massive flowering in October, -still flowering and setting fruit in Feb. Prolific. Perhaps best cloned from fertile cuttings. Delicious! | John Miller - Yallingup , WA 11-Feb-2011
The seeds are not fatally toxic. | Paul Recher - Doroughby, NSW 06-Nov-2011
Grow slowly but do yield well and good quality fruit Mornington Peninsula, need a lot of summer watering, Wilson, Dade Vista ortega yield well 6 other varieties fail to crop. Ripen in July/August from flowering in SEPT /oct | Anthony Miceli - Arthurs Seat, VIC 15-Jul-2017
White Sapote - Pike
This variety at least, should show a "Fruiting/Harvest Months" season of from October or Nov or Dec to April or May, for Sydney, especially for a mature tree ie after the tree has been growing many years eg about 10 to 15. | R. - Sydney, NSW 10-Oct-2019
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