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Mamey Sapote
Scientific Name: Pouteria sapota (Jacq.) H.E. Moore & Stearn
Synonym: Calocarpum sapota, Lucuma mammosa
Family: Sapotaceae
Mamey Sapote (Pouteria  sapota) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Damaged at 32F (0C), killed at 28F (-2C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Central America

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, up to 100 feet tall (30 m)

Watering Needs: Abundant water

Propagation: Seeds

The Sapote, a native of Central America, forms a large, erect tree that may neatly veined leaves are obovate and usually pointed at the tip. They measure up to 12 inches in length by 4 inches in width, and are closely crowded at the ends of the branches. The leaves are light green on the upper surface and lighter green or brownish beneath.

Mamey Sapote (Pouteria  sapota)

Cultural Practices:
The sapote grows well on heavy soils, and the plants begin bearing within 7 to 8 years from seed. It is commonly propagated by seeds, which have a short storage life. The seeds germinate more readily if the thick husk is removed before planting.

Blooming Habits:
The small whitish flowers are produced in great numbers along the branchlets.

Fruiting Habits:
The russet-brown ovoid or ellipsoid fruits are 3 to 6 inches long. The thick woody skin has a roughened and scurfy surface. The firm, somewhat granular flesh is red to reddish brown and has a rich, sweet flavor. The fruits usually contain one large brown seed; the other four ovules generally abort. The fruits are eaten out of hand, and the pulp can be used to make preserves or a delicious sherbet.

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