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Sapodilla, chicozapote Manilkara zapota

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Sapodilla also called chicozapote, naseberry, chikoo, chiku, dilly, chicle, chicozapote, níspero, zapote, zapotillo, Sapodilla trees are medium to large trees with a pyramidal to rounded canopy. These long-lived trees grow slowly, but after many years may reach 60 to 100 feet in height. Sapodilla trees are well adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. The tree has ornamental value and may be used for landscaping. Branches are horizontal or drooping. A milky latex exudes from all tree parts. This latex is known as chicle and was used to make chewing gum. There may be a number of good cultivars available from local nurseries. Trees are well adapted to south Florida and they are very ornamental. Plant trees in well drained areas away from other trees and structures. Trees usually begin bearing after 2-4 years from planting. Season: Feb.-June. Sapodillas are adapted to tropical and warm sub-tropical climates. Trees are well adapted to south Florida and to the coastal areas of Florida as far north as Tampa and Merritt Island. Sapodillas are well adapted to a wide range of soils but grow best in well-drained, light soils. Trees are especially well adapted to the rocky, highly calcareous soils of south Florida. Although sapodilla trees are moderately tolerant of occasional flooding or excessively wet soil conditions, they will not perform well in poorly drained soils.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 December, 2010.