White Sapote

White Sapote

The White Sapote is a sub-tropical fruiting tree native to Central America. The White Sapote is an evergreen tree with unique, hand shaped leaves that start out as a reddish colour, turning glossy, bright green with age. This prolifically fruiting tree can grow rather large and has a somewhat, droopy habit, with dense branches that almost touch the ground. Fruits tend to be round or oval shaped and are apple sized. The fruit is generally green or yellow skinned, containing a whitish cream flesh that has a sweet flavour, reminiscent of banana and peach combined with a custard-like texture. 

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Prefers a climate with moderate humidity, although trees have been successful in high humidity locations.

    Enjoys a full sun or partial shade.

    Does not take well to the high summer heat that is associated with arid inland and desert areas.

    Prefers well drained soil but will grow in almost any soil, doing well on sandy loam, limestone base or even on clays.

    Rather cold hardy with established trees being able to withstand occasional frosts.

    Trees can be quite brittle in winds. Protection such as windbreaks may be needed.

    The White Sapote is fairly drought resistant but produces best when supplied with frequent, deep watering.

    Deep watering will also keep the greedy, invasive root system deep in the ground.

    Do not plant near paths or buildings as root systems can be quite troublesome.

    The White Sapote can be kept in a large container or tub if the roots are trimmed.

    Provide a plant space of 7m from any other structure. If growing several trees, spaces may be closer if proper pruning is carried out.

    For the first couple of years, prune to encourage lateral branching and growth. Once the tree is bearing fruit, prune straight after harvest with the aim to achieve an easy to maintain framework.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1½ -3¾ (250-750g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 750g

    Comments: Mix in half of the amount thoroughly with soil in the bottom of the hole. The rest of the application should be scattered evenly on top of the soil surface under the tree canopy.


    Stage: < 3 Years

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1½ - 5 (250-1000g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 1.25kg

    Comments: After planting, once new growth begins, apply 250g. Repeat every 6-8 weeks for the first year, then gradually increase the amount to 500g, 750g and 1kg.


    Stage: 3 + Years

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 6 - 10 (1.2 - 2kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 2.5kg

    Comments: Apply (once in spring and again in late summer) under mulch to boost composting in root zone. May require other trace elements especially magnesium.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.