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Native of Central America, Mexico, Northeastern
Guatemala and the West Indies
You are bidding on * bare root seedlings
with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and growing in a
peat plug for ease of transplant.
The Sapodilla is a
beautiful ornamental tree, grown for its delicious, sweet fruits
tasting somewhat like pears sprinkled with brown sugar and
The Alano is a cultivar which originated as a seedling of the
Philippine variety Ponderosa. The self fertile, productive trees
produce large, very sweet, fine textured fruits.
The trees are very adaptable to various soils and climates here in Hawaii, being
tolerant to drought, coral soils, and are very wind resistant.
The trees also retain much of their leaves throughout the year
and have a non aggressive root system.
I live on the surf side of Oahu, Hawaii near the beach and concur that the tree does well
in beach sand soil and salty wind conditions.
Sapodilla belongs to the family Sapotaceae. Various
species of Sapodilla are grown and used worldwide for different purposes. The species most
popular for its fruit in Singapore and Southeast Asia is the Manilkara zapota. This was
also called Manilkara achras, Achras zapota or Nispero achras, a derivative of the Greek
word achras for the Pear tree, because of the fruit's resemblance to a pear.
The flesh is sweet, soft and reddish-brown. The fruits have very few seeds
in them that are hard, black, elongated, flattened and shiny.
A uniquely flavored fruit, the soft brown flesh of the sapodilla tastes a
bit like a sweet mix of brown sugar and root beer.
Sapodilla is a Tucatan native of Central America, Mexico, Northeastern Guatemala and the
West Indies, where it is a tall tree found in forests.
colonialists brought a variety of Manilkara to Manila where it became known for its fruit.
From the Philippines, it spread throughout Southeast Asia as a popular fruit tree. Various
species of sapodilla are now cultivated in Africa, India, East Indies, Philippines,
Malaysia, the tropics and sub-tropics of the Americas and they are found in almost all
tropical countries worldwide.
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The ancient Maya used to call this Zapotle.
Mayan writings talks about "millions" of Zapotle trees at the peak of the Mayan
civilization. Even today, Sapodilla is the most abundant tree in the jungles of Gran
Petén, at the heart of the Mayan world.
The Sapodilla tree is evergreen with a conical crown and can grow up to 30 m in height. Its bark is
light-grey and becomes fissured with age.
The Sapodilla plant with all its parts has a white latex. Young
twigs of the plant are covered in a woolly layer. Its leaves are
spirally arranged, dark green and pointed. It has a stalk measuring
between one to three cm. Sapodilla flowers are white, fragrant, solitary
The flowers remain open even at night. The major flowering period for
sapodilla in Hawaii is in the month of May. Sapodilla fruits are brown,
round or oblong, with a thin skin.The Sapodilla tree is also the source
of chicle, a chewing gum component.
Chicle is the milky juice or latex of the Sapodilla tree that was used as the base for all Chewing Gums.
It is collected from July through February, during the rainy season, when the latex flows better. With a sharp-edged
machete, Chicle collectors make zigzag cuts from the base of the Sapodilla tree trunk up
to its first branches. The latex drips down these grooves and is collected in a bag. At
present, approximately 5,000 Chicle collectors perfom their arduous, artisanal work each
season in the jungles of the Gran Petén. Although natural Chicle is still
used, most of today's Chewing Gums are made from a synthetic vinyl gum base.
Description: A slow growing and very large
tree that can reach over 100ft in the tropics. Fruiting occurs 4-6 months after flowering,
with fruit sometimes ripening in bunches multiple times of the year.
Native Range: Native to the Yucatan, Guatemala, and Belize. It is now grown in much of the tropics.
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) The sapodilla is reasonably hardy tree when full grown and can stand
temperatures into the high 20's.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Growing Environment: Grow in full sun. Trees are at home in both dry and wet
climates and is drought tolerant.
Propagation: By seeds or grafting. Seeds can remain viable for several years.
Uses: Eaten fresh, usually as a dessert fruit. The bark contains a gummy latex substance called chicle which used to be a primary
ingredient in chewing gum.
All live plants are shipped bare-root wrapped
sphagnum moss to ensure the plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are
shipped to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.
We ship via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery
All plant materials are required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to export Hawaii to the US Mainland.
After Inspection, USDA stamps released for export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to USDA Inspection Station at
Honolulu International airport.
is included in Shipping and Handling
$5 fee per
There is a
packing & custom boxing fee.
usually least is USPS postage (shipping)
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS!
We can ship
certified live plants to the US only. Only Domestic Shipping and Handling includes USDA Certification.
We ship Seeds Internationally.
All International shipments are at Buyer's Risk. Please spend no more more than you can lose!
Proper Permits and Documents are the BUYER's responsibility.
Please request any documents prior to shipping.
For foreign customers, please check your laws concerning permitting and customs,
additional shipping and handling costs may apply.
The additional charge for any Phytosanitary Certificate is not included in this offer.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS is available only under these conditions!
All international orders are shipped at the
(shipped with or without
documents) and no refunds or replacements are offered for Dead On
Arrival, loss, confiscation, Customs Seizure, unanticipated charges,
accept online payments only through PayPal, Cash payments are only acceptable for
in-person payments and cash-on-delivery (COD). Cash payment can not be sent through the
Please only one Paypal payment. SO THE COMBINED SHIPPING RULE WILL CAN
BE USED. Late or Multiple PayPal payments are NOT eligible for any discount.
We will ship once a week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because
of the special stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings to you. This can only be
done at the Dept. of Agriculture. If payments are not met before that MONDAY, your
items will be shipped the following week and lose the combined discount opportunity.
Non-paying bidders may receive negative feedback and will be reported as an unpaid item to
COMBINED SHIPPING POLICY
SHIPPING is not included in this offer.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS on a case by case basis.
We will combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with same
This policy is good for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending MONDAY.
We ship on Tuesdays.
Payment must be received
within 4 days of the auction ending.
Combined Discounts Won Auctions
For 2-3 winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total Shipping and Handling
For 4-7 winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total Shipping and
For 7+ winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total
Shipping and Handling charges.
As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay the quoted S/H charges
individually per item. If you buy the same species in that item it does calculate out the
discount (i.e.: additional items)
My stores' combined shipping is built in for same
items rather than a varied selection. Domestic S/H includes postage, USDA certification and inspection,
proper packing and delivery to Airport for prompt delivery. I can't really change any
of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it is hard to discount much as each
different species requires it's own prep, packing, then at USDA each has to be
unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires me to clean and prepare every last
piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on the other side of the island. It
takes my wife and I, 2-3 days to pack items and get ready to ship. The whole next day we
drive around the island and get inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post
Office to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item if you can understand.
After you purchase
After you Receive your Items.
LIVE PLANTS ARE PERISHABLE.
For this reason uninsurable.
When you order a plant we assume you are prepared to care for it.
Please have potting media and a container prepared for your plant
before it arrives. Shipping can be stressful on a plant, and any
mistakes that you make upon arrival can stress the plant further,
which is not good. Proper care is critical upon arrival. It is your
responsibility to know how to care for the plant.
Not every plant that I order through
the mail survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk when I
order. This is the risk that you as the buyer accept, because there
is no way to know what kind of conditions it will endure in the trip
to your door. My responsibility ends when a live plant is delivered
to your door. Live arrival is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to
Please Do NOT email me a week after potting your plant, and make a claim it
arrived damaged. From delivery confirmation, you have only 48 hours from
delivery confirmation to make any claim.
All claims need to be supported with
Photos of the damaged plant(s) as packed/unpacked, the box if damaged,
the packing materials and any documents. I am very reasonable and
understanding, anything can happen to small plants in transit.
The expense to send it to you is most
of your payment. To send any replacements, I try to piggy back with
your next order.
Replacement is not an option for
ALL OF MY ITEMS ARE SHIPPED USDA
CERTIFIED WITHIN THE U.S.- USDA and USPS fees are included in the actual cost of shipping and
Please do not
leave a 1 or 2 in my detailed seller ratings for postage
fees or any reason really because I will block you from any
I ship items the best and least expensive option. These are
coming from Hawaii. The only thing inexpensive here in
Hawaii are my items!! I do ship all my items promptly via
best method--if you feel like the combined shipping fee is
wrong, please wait to be invoiced and check back with me-I
value your business and will work diligently to keep you
satisfied. I am very generous and reasonable with reasonable
people, just ask.
dog Taz will fetch your email to me
If you are dissatisfied with the item for any reason, please contact me before leaving a negative or neutral comment.
I want you to be satisfied!
Mahalo iâ `oe no ke kipa
`ana mai. E kipa mai hou!
Rare Palm Seeds
Fresh Highest Quality
Seller warrants seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised.
Safe delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during shipment will be replaced at
seller's expense. Claims must be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements,
refunds, returns and exchanges will be made at the sole discretion of the seller.
Seed is a live product which depends on many important related grower skills such
as proper planting time, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers,
weed controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable weather
conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as
temperature, moisture content, light intensity and contamination of planting media. These
factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the buyer's responsibility and
risk. Consequentially, the seller cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform
properly regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or mistakes.
Mahalo & Aloha!!
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