Also known as black sapote, this is a member of the persimmon family. The trees are medium sized, with glossy green foliage and the fruit is green skinned, even when ripe, with chocolate coloured flesh. They are frost intolerant and require a good hot summer to develop flavour. It is recommended to plant 2 trees to develop good fruit size, though I have seen a lone one fruiting well. Do not over fertilise as this causes burn. Use a mild foliar drench.

2020 - Sorry everyone - the very limited supply this year were sold to those waiting the longest! We'll try again in 2021.


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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,