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PlantFiles: Avocado, Alligator Pear
Persea americana 'Lila'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral diamondjfarms 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.

Regional...

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

Newberry, Florida



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