Avocado, Alligator Pear
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

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.