White Sapote, Mexican Apple

Casimiroa edulis

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Casimiroa (kas-im-ir-ROH-uh) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Sahuarita, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Hayward, California

Lafayette, California

Monterey, California

Upland, California

Bartow, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Satellite Beach, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida

Lafayette, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 18, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A tropical as hardy as any Avocado. Drought tolerant,and in the Bay Area is a glossy green,dense and compact(Suebelle) tree. On the downside, is it is very susceptable to scale-thanks to the Argentine ants,and a black fungus from scale exudations. Deep rooted,and long lived tree.
EDIT 2008..I just had a fantastic crop this year!!..sweeeet fruit all late spring though even now-October!
If you want good fruit they need a steady supply of water..deep watering once a week is good also. Actually, the skin isn't half bad..better if you peel it,but I don't bother. I think it's the most delicious fruit I have ever tasted. Like vanilla custard. And everbody loves vanilla-right?


On Jul 18, 2006, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

White Sapote grows well in Phoenix Arizona, but needs a bit of babying in the beginning until it gets its roots. I have written an article detailing care for this tree in Phoenix.



On Feb 4, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Popular fruit tree of Mexico and Central America. This tree, though called a white sapote, is not in the Sapote family. It produces large amounts of an apple-sized pale green fruit that has an incredibly sweet and soft fruit in the center (when ripe). The peels are NOT good, so usually the fruit is picked hard, left to soften and eaten with a spoon about 4-7 days later- very good! Tree itself is not all that attracive in my zone (9b) where the leaves tend to brown tip, but is relatively nice in a 10a or better zone where the leaves are more glossy and new growth shows a nice maroon coloration- has good hardiness in Southern California and not sure why it's not grown more.