Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya, 

A native of the Mexican Highlands. Also known as White Sapote.Wonderful fruit the size of an apple with a thin green skin. The pulp is delicious, creamy and smooth, the flavour is sweet and rich. I don't know why this isn't as well known as the cherimoya, it is easily as delicious. Fruit ripens in May/June. Generally fruit is mature if it comes easily from the tree with a gentle twist, changes to a lighter colour and is slightly soft to touch. Handle gently as they bruise easily. Store in a cool spot and eat within a few days of ripening (hard to resist anyway!). The trees are prolific fruiters, hardy to some frost, long lived, large and spreading in habit. Best for being pruned. Occasionally the trees are self fertile, but nearly always you will need two varieties for pollination. These are all grafted trees and should fruit in 3 - 4 years.

We have several varieties.


LNP - A good choice for the home gardener, this has a semi-weeping habit and fine-flavoured fruit. Heavy cropper. Our best producer here at the nursery.

PIKE - Small (2 -3m), well balanced tree with weeping habit. Excellent for small sections. Dark green skin, white flesh. Ripens late April-May. Skin turns a lighter shade of green to indicate ripeness.

MAC'S GOLDEN - A fairly slow-growing cultivar, with yellowish leaves. The fruits are large, elongated and oval in shape. The flesh is a deep yellow with a particularly rich, aromatic flavour and few seeds.

SUE BELLE - A Californian favourite, Sue Belle is a tall growing tree which produces good crops of crisp, fine-flavoured fruit. The tree can be pruned to suit a small garden.

YELLOW - A smaller tree which forms bright yellow, large and attractive fruit. The fruit ripens well off the tree and is an early season variety. Works well (according to an expert!) as a pollinator for Mac's Gold. 

OUR CHOICE - We choose the plants for you from the varieties listed in the catalogue. This may speed up delivery of your order.

CASIMIROA (Casimiroa Edulis) or White Sapote

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