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Avocado, Alligator Pear
Persea americana 'Lila'

Family: Lauraceae (law-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Persea (PER-see-uh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Lila

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newberry, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 11, 2009, diamondjfarms from Needville, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just bought one. It said this on the tag.
"New, very cold-hardy variety 'Lila' avocado! This is a very flavorful, medium sized, green-skinned avocado that is perfect for our climate! Tree height: 20-30'."
Also found on the Web:
(Lila) This M type, medium sized, pear-shaped green fruit has a rich Mexican Avo-flavor. The fruit ripens from Sept.-Oct. and is cold hardy to 14F.

Lila/Opal/Holland/Opal Holland are all genetically the same, as they all come from the same original tree.