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- Grown, packaged and shipped exclusively by Wekiva Foliage. Black sapote is a tropical evergreen fruit tree closely related to the persimmon (another common name is black persimmon). While it can grow up to 40 feet tall in outdoor tropical climates, it is often grown as a potted plant—on patios in warmer climates, sometimes as a houseplant in colder regions.
- Like most fruit trees, black sapote is something of a novelty plant when grown in pots, where fruit production is irregular.
- The oblong leaves are 4 to 12 inches long, with a leathery dark-green surface. Although it is an attractive tree with dense, full foliage, black sapote is not a particularly good ornamental landscape tree—the bark is easily damaged by mowers and it does not respond well to the fertilizers used on lawns. But mature plants produce a highly unusual fruit with a pudding-like flesh, rich and smooth with chocolatey overtones.
- In tropical climates where black sapote is grown in the ground, it can be planted at any time, though it is generally best to avoid the hottest months of the year. This is a fairly slow-maturing tree that takes as much as four years to produce significant quantities of fruit.
- Black sapote trees are normally planted from container-grown specimens sold in black nursery pots. Avoid choosing trees that are large for their containers, as these may well be root-bound.
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