Avocado Tree (Persea americana)

My first encounter with an Avocado Tree (Persea americana)was many years ago when I drove to Miami to help a friend move. There was a large tree there that was loaded with huge ripe fruit, so I filled several bags full and brought it back with me to share with friends and family. It seemed like pure luxury because they were so expensive in the stores. Now that I live in central Florida, I rooted a seed about 7 years ago that has now grown into a 15 foot high tree. It still hasn't produced fruit, but I have high hopes, even after the recent frost that turned all the leaves brown. Time will tell.

This tree grows to 30 or 40 feet tall, either erect or spreading, depending on the variety. One concern is the roots can lift concrete walkways, so be careful where you plant yours. Trees from seed take 8 years or more to produce fruit. Trees from grafts will produce fruit in one to two years, so if you're in a hurry, buy a good quality tree at your local nursery. Full sun is needed for best results.

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