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Persea americana 'Pinkerton'

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Photo Locations: Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

The Pinkerton avocado tree has a spreading tendency. Resistant to oak root fungus. Needs good drainage. Cross pollination increases fruit crop. Fruit is rough-skinned of medium thickness. Pinkerton has a "A" flower type. Note: The avocado is unusual in that the timing of the male and female flower phases differs among varieties. There are two flowering types, referred to as "A" and "B" flower types. "A" varieties open as female on the morning of the first day. The flower closes in late morning or early afternoon. The flower will remain closed until the afternoon of the second day when it opens as male. "B" varieties open as female on the afternoon of the first day, close in late afternoon and re-open in the male phase the following morning. (source:

Family: Lauraceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 30 - 40 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oblong to Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Fall or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Mostly Green Single Seeded Berry, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter or Spring Edible and Wildlife use it.

Bark Light Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 9, 15 and 19 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Aphids, Scales and Thrip, Anthracnose, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Persea americana 'Pinkerton' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Dec 18, 2018.
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