AVOCADO TREE FRIEND
TREE FRIEND DATA SHEET
- a) Average expected life of tree, in years, from sprout to death (approx. numbers.) 50 years
- b) Years until trees first fruit (ie some trees fruit within a few years, others can take decades) 10-15 years
- c) Season of year when productive tree fruits (ie Summer, Autumn, Winter Spring or combo ie Su/Au) Late winter through early summer.
- d) Expected or average number of years tree expected to fruit for once it begins. (ie year 8 to 20 = 12 yrs) It will bear more than 50 years if taken cared of properly
- e) Country/area of origin: Southern Mexico, Columbia and Ecuador
- f) Average annual rainfall in area of origin: 1,100 millimeters
- g) Latin name of tree and family: Persea americana
- h) Any other products, benefits, useful or interesting facts about of tree:
Avocado trees are drought tolerant and survives in tropical montain environments. When stressed, the trees drops its fruits but the tree will survive. It’s canopy makes a good cool shade, resistant to termites and ants, if planted with other trees.
Its oils are said to be beneficial to the skin to enhance complexion.
Its leaf is excellent for headaches, fatigue, diseases of the throat and stomach, bronchial swellings, neuralgia and irregular menstruation.
Roasted and Ground seeds are used against dysentery and urine retention.
Powdered seeds may be used as a poultice over inflammation.
An ointment of pulverized seeds is sometimes used as a rubefacient, and a decoction of pulverized seeds or a piece of seed placed in the tooth cavity is believed to cure toothaches.
i)Height, width and shape of tree at maturity.
Height: 40 feet tall average but can grow up to 80 feet
Width: 15-20 feet in width
Shape at maturity: Avocado tree’s canopy is usually regular, smooth, and fairly symmetrical. Its leaves and branches fill in the crown in a uniform fashion. The members of species also look quite similar to each other. Younger and middle-ages avocado trees will grow in a more pyramid-like shape, getting progressively more rounded as they age.
j) Challenges or special requirements, such as needing other varieties in order to fruit. If planted as an orchard, it is necessary to build wind breaks around each tree to protect it from strong winds. In colder climates, avocado trees can be damaged by frost.