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Persea americana /Avocado

Persea americana  / Persea americana
Foliage and fruit hanging on long stems
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Foliage and fruit hanging on long stems

A stalk of flowers on a tree in Mexico



Young fruit

A tree that has escaped freeze injury during a period of mild winters in Baton Rouge

Tree growing in Baton Rouge

Early spring flowers

Developing fruit tucked in among the foliage

A tree growing in a protected position in Baton Rouge

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Scientific Name: Persea americana
Common Name: Avocado
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Green
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: The avocado is a tropical tree that will grow and even produce fruit in zone 9, but needs protection from freezes. Edible fruit are produced on trees in warm climates. Provide sunlight and a fertile, well drained soil. In cold climates people will often plant the single seed that comes from the fruit and grow from the seed a tender tropical on the patio during the summer months.