California Tropical stands behind its range of Sapote trees as that which can grow most successfully in weather of, or similar to that of, Southern California.

With a commitment to bringing these delicious Central and South American varieties north, California Tropical is additionally proud to offer some of the most mature stock of container-grown Sapote, and particularly the Chico Sapote variety, currently available in the United States.



Native to eastern Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and parts of Columbia, Black Sapote is also aptly referred to as “chocolate pudding fruit” for its flavor, color and texture upon ripening. Fruiting of the evergreen Black Sapote occurs in 3 to 4 years, and mature trees can grow to more than 80 feet in height.


This long-living evergreen tree is native to Southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. While the wind-resistant limbs and bark used as a gummy latex called “chicle,” the Chico Sapote’s fruit has a sweet flavor similar to malt or caramel, which has earned it the nickname “brown sugar.”



White/Sue Belle

Native to Eastern Mexico and Central America, this evergreen tree’s fruit has a reputation for causing drowsiness. Trowing well throughout Southern California, the White Sapote’s fruit ripens 6 to 9 months after its first blooms. The custard-like flesh has a flavor similar to that of a banana.


The evergreen Yellow/Canistel Sapote tree is native to southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador, and can grow more than 30 feet in height. Ripe Canistel fruit flesh is edible and sweet, with a comparable texture to hard-boiled egg yolk that has earned it the nickname “egg fruit.”