White Sapote "Suebelle"


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Our plant is maturing out of the juvenile stage and sprouting shoots from the “shoulders” of drooping side branches. I’ve just pruned it to encourage upward growth. Our avocado – which incidentally shares the native habitats of white sapote – will get this same treatment soon.



Hi Richard, your yard is gorgeous! I have a question about my own SueBelle that I planted in a raised bed a few years ago. I pruned it back last year and have noticed that one large branch that is the tallest has not made even one flower for fruit. The other branch fruits twice a year. Is it possible that the left side branch is the root stock? It didn’t come from a sucker so why I am wondering why it is not flowering and making fruit. I can take a picture if you want to see.


A picture would help. Also, my Suebelle did not flower in this awkward spring and has only a few blossoms now. The main propagator for Suebelle in California is LaVerne Nursery and I believe they are all rootings, not grafted. At least, I’ve never discerned a grafting scar on the plants I’ve had (I used to sell them).

White Sapote is native to semi-tropical forests and its natural inclination is to “reach for the sky”. It will do just that – like a telephone pole unless headed back at 3-4 feet. The side branches that come out will naturally grow upwards for 4-8" and then droop towards the ground (as do their forest partner: Avocado trees). The highest area of the arc on these branches will (eventually) be home to new somewhat vertical branches. So when drooping branches have advanced well below the arc (maybe 2 feet or so) then truncate them.

Here’s a view of the Suebelle at my former residence in Rancho Penasquitos.