Sapodilla Cultivars

Sapodillas trees range in size from 6' tall to as much as 100' in the tropics!

Manilkara Zapota

DAMAGE TEMPS: 30F (zone 10a)

  • ​mature trees have been known to withstand several hours of temperatures at 24-26 degrees, though young trees can be killed at 30 degrees;
  • Fruits mature 4-6 months after flowering.
  • likes consistent water, but good drainage is essential;
  • trees require very little pruning, unless you desire to keep small;
Here's a comparison of the most popular sapodilla cultivars:
SILAS WOODS -- South FL selection;
  • Dwarf tree: 6-10' tall; perfect for a container plant;
  • mature trees have been known to be cold-hardy to 26F
  • ever-bearing, very prolific, heavy bearing;
  • small fruit  --- 9oz;  2-3" in diameter;
  • super sweet:  tastes like brown sugar
  • fine texture:   white flesh;
Thailand varieties
ALANO -- #1 Thailand variety;
(#1 fav on the East coast of FL)
  • small tree: 25-30' tall;
  • ever-bearing, heaviest production Nov-June;
  • small fruit -- 9oz;  same size fruit as Silas Woods;
  • super sweet  / ultra fine texture;
MAKOK -- Thailand variety; new to FL;
  • small tree: 20-25' tall; ripens May-Nov;
  • one of the best tasting;  pulp is smooth & brown w/ a sweet aroma;
3g sapodilla

3g Sapodilla growing in the nursery

sapodilla flowers

grafted sapodilla will start blooming young

Sapodilla flowers

Sapodilla flower just beginning to open

Central American varieties
HASYA -- #1 commercial variety in Mexico
  • one of the bigger cultivars: 13oz fruits;
  • ripens Nov-June
  • elongated  / football shaped; has more flesh and less seeds;
  • color:  yellowish-reddish
  • texture:  finer texture than Morena;
  • a common South FL favorite amongst the Mexican varieties;
MORENA -- Mexican variety
  • trees grow to 20' tall
  • ripens Feb-April
  • hardy producer; produces as much as the Hasya & Molix;
  • up to 12oz fruits; exceptional flavor;
  • less seeds:  1-2 seeds total;
  • color: half red / half caramel
MOLIX -- Mexican variety; ripens Feb-May;
  • very tall trees;
  • fine texture:  13oz fruits;
  • ripens Feb-May
  • exceptionally sweet;  only one that is less red;
  • similar in color to the Mamey sapote;
Florida varieties
TIKAL -- Central American seedling
  • ​named at the Homestead Ag experiment station
  • tends to grow very tall; can be kept trimmed to 12'
  • prolific producer, small elongated fruits;  
  • fine texture;
  • tends to grow very tall; can be kept trimmed to 12'
  • prolific producer, small elongated fruits;  
  • fine texture;
  • 1941 seedling released by the Ag Research station in Homestead;
  • mostly round, w/ smooth, pinkish-tan flesh;

early bearing, consistent heavy producing;

  • developed at the Ag Experiment station in Oxkutza, FL;
  • very different tree from all the rest:  straight leaves, flattened edge on fruit, light colored speckled skin;
  • small crops i.e. small number of fruit set;
  • huge fruit, up to 1 lb !
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