SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Oahu, HI, UC Riverside - Riverside, CA, Foster Botanical Garden and Quail Arboretum - Encinitas, CA
Branches don't droop and resist breakage. The fruit can be eaten raw, or used in making sherbets, custard, ice cream, pies, jams, jellies etc. The stems are a source of a milky latex called balata or chicle. Tannin from the bark is used to tan ship sails and fishing tackle. Manilkara zapota has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 9 (High Risk).
Native to Central America and the Caribbean.
Additional Common Names
SAPODILLA, CHIKOO, CHICO, CHICLE, NASEBERRY
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 - 45 feet.
Width: 35 - 45 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Lanceolate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. White or Cream. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
Brown Berry, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Edible.
Bark Brown to Gray, Ridged.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1 and H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Buffer Strip or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Manilkara zapota Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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