Avocados trees are native to the Americas and were first imported to Florida in the early 1800s. Avocado trees love tropical and subtropical temperatures, making them ever so plentiful in South Florida and California. Avocado trees take several years to mature. For trees purchased at the store, they can take up to 5 years to bear fruit. For trees grown from seed, they can take up to 15 years, depending on the variety. These beautiful trees have dark green elliptical or oval leaves. They can get up to 65 feet tall, depending on the variety so when planting, make sure they have enough room to grow. Take special note of powerlines and rooftops.
Avocado trees enjoy well-drained soil so plant the tree away from any area where water might pool. Since avocado trees hale from the tropics, they need plenty of direct, bright sun. Fertilize the plant with a fertilizer designed for citrus plants. This tree requires very little pruning only prune it enough to keep the desired shape.
Some of our favorites: Avocado ‘Monroe’
Outstanding Features: Gorgeous green canopy, produces edible fruit
Moderately and consistently moist
10 and above
Fertilizer formulated especially for avocado trees
Direct sun, some partial shade
Varies depending on the variety
Does not do well in pots inside the home
Podocarpus, duranta, clusia