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Persea americana 'Brogdon'

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ginger_Lily_75 On May 14, 2009, Ginger_Lily_75 from Indialantic, FL wrote:

My Brogdon, planted last summer, is doing well after being babied through a cold winter. Seems to tolerate our salty beach side environment fairly well. I have yet to see blooms or fruit.

Positive tmccullo On Aug 14, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My favorite avacado too! Much better than the varieties we get here in Houston. We saw a tree full of them when we visited Pine Island Nursery in South Miami and jumped out of the carr and loaded up. We have sereral sees germinating now. I hope we are able to grow the tree here. We have had no luck with the Mexican varieties.

Positive IslandJim On Mar 10, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

May be my favorite avocado. Very buttery. It's a summer producer; it's also AC/DC, so it does not need a pollinator for maximum yield. Down side is the fruits tend to ripen all at the same time and have very limited shelf life--truly feast or famine, but a delicious feast when it happens.


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

Newman, California
Indialantic, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Seminole, Florida
Venice, Florida
Friendswood, Texas
Houston, Texas

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