SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Kula Botanical Garden - HI
Branches don't droop but are susceptible to breakage.
Native to Central Mexico.
A Persea americana in Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 53 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 125 inches and a crown spread of 54 feet.
Persea americana var. drymifolia
Additional Common Names
AVOCADO, MEXICAN AVOCADO
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 40 feet.
Width: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 or More Inches per Year.
Leaves Elliptic, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Green. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Persistent, Green or Purple Single Seeded Berry, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Edible.
Bark Brown, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9, 15 and 19 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Mites and Scales, Root Rot and Leaf Spot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Shade Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Persea americana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jun 5, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/persea-americana >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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