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Pouteria sapota - Mammee Sapote

Pouteria sapota - Mammee Sapote (Pouteria sapota - Mammee Sapote)

This is a very handsome tropical fruit which is grown to a limited extent in Southern California. It is native to Southern Mexico through Central America.

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I would like to try one...never see even the fruit for sale.

24 Dec, 2016



It's becoming more available here. It's a little hardier than originally thought (to coolness not cold). It's still very tropical, though. It's just slightly less hardy than Chico Sapote (Manilkara zapota), from what I've read.

I'd love to grow this tree. It's extremely ornamental.

13 Mar, 2018


I know of somebody who's growing a Chicle tree in Hayward. Its growing well..hasn't flowered. He grew it from seed.
Things are so different here from at least the 1970's. I might as well try Petra Croton again. I got 2 years...lets go for 3 or 4 next.

14 Mar, 2018


The Chico Sapote has gotten really popular here. It's slow-growing; however, it will tolerate cool conditions as long as it's not freezing (I guess).

It would most likely stay smaller in Hayward, so it would be easy to protect.

Yes, try Mamey Croton. It's a good grower.

14 Mar, 2018



I just realized that the chicle tree is (Manilkara zapota), which is a very hardy tree to the mid-to-low 20’s. I’ve read some have survived 20 degrees in dry climates, when 8 ft or taller. I could see this tree growing easily in Hayward…I wonder how fruitful it would be, though.

I purchased an Alano Sapodilla for Christmas (it was my Christmas present to myself). 😂. It’s starting to put out flower buds now, maybe it’ll produce a few fruits (if this damned weather warms up!) It’s a 4 ft tall air-layered tree.

5 Apr, 2023


I 've retired from the Tropical fruit trees as no room and production here from what I've tried is marginal. Although the Mango trees look good if not fruiting every year. The larger tree Andy has tiny flower buds. Meaning some fruit in September this year.
I was given a 5 gallon Dragon to put it!
I should have planted Cherimoya. You seen the prices on those fruit?

6 Apr, 2023


Oh that’s too bad. I could see you growing many tropical fruit trees there. Although, I do understand about running out of room to grow.

My mango tree looks pretty bad, even though it’s full of flowers. The big hail storms back in January and February caused a lot of damage to the leaves of so many of my plants (even hardy plants).

Cherimoya is easy to grow there, but high maintenance, like all others in the Annona family.

6 Apr, 2023

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