Avocado Trees

Avocados

(Persea americana)

Avocados are a subtropical evergreen tree native to the Americas, with Mexico being the current leading producer of the fruit. While avocado trees prefer tropical or Mediterranean climates, many parts of Australia can support avocado growth with a little extra care.

Protecting them from harsh winds is important to help ensure the flowers don’t dry out and remain viable for fruit. Ideally, they should be grown in areas that don’t experience frost, though protection from it is possible and will be crucial for their first 3 – 4 years while getting them established.

Very well-draining soil with high nutritional content is a must. As they prefer climates with a bit more humidity than most of Australia can offer, keeping the water up and protecting them from sunburn in the hottest parts of the day is important, but take care not to over-water as they can experience rot relatively quickly.

They’re a large tree and would do better in the ground, however there are some smaller growing varieties that can handle being kept in large pots (see below varieties).

Seed grown avocado trees can take longer to produce fruit, anywhere from 5 – 7 years being average. Grafted avocados typically produce a little sooner, from around 3 – 5 years.

The avocado varieties we have this season are all grafted.
Varieties are broken down into two types: Type A and Type B.

The flowers of Type A avocados open as female on the morning of their first day, then close and open as male on the next morning. Type B avocados are the opposite of this. While the trees are partially self-fertile, having both a Type A and Type B makes things a bit easier.

If you’re very keen on growing a tree in your yard, check out the Department of Primary Industries avocado growing guide for a lot of in-depth and helpful information.


Fullsize Varieties

$80.00

Max Height: 3 – 12m

  • Bacon (B)
  • Fuerte (B)
  • Hass (A)
  • Hazzard (A)
  • Lamb Hass (A)
  • Shepard (B)
  • Wurtz (A)

Avocado Variety Information

Click on the names below for more details about our avocado range, as well as pollination information.

Bacon ( Type B ) Avocado Information

The Bacon avocado is a pear-shaped fruit with a smoother, green skin. It’s a good producer of medium/large fruit when mature. The fruit has a smooth inner flesh with a mid-range oil content. It’s easy to peel when ripe.

Bacon is a full-size variety, ranging from 5 – 10m tall.

It’s widely regarded as one of the more cold tolerant avocado trees, though protecting in from frost or extreme cold is still required.

Fruit ripens: From April

Cross Pollinators: Any Type A avocado variety

Fuerte ( Type B ) Avocado Information

The Fuerte avocado tree is a good grower that yields small/medium sized fruit. The fruit has a bright green, slightly rough skin. The inner flesh is smooth and buttery in texture, with a nice flavour to it. They are sometimes known to fruit biennially.

Fuerte is a full-size variety, ranging from 5 – 10m tall.

They are another variety often recommended for cooler climates, though protection from winter is still recommended. They are well suited to try in Aussie gardens.

Fruit ripens: From April

Cross Pollinators: Any Type A variety

Hass ( Type A ) Avocado Information

Hass is probably the most commonly grown backyard avocado trees in, as well as one of the most frequently found in grocery stores and for good reason. The fruit stores incredibly well on the tree, some lasting for up to 10 months if needed, though this comes at the expense of the next year’s crop. It has a dark green, rough skin with a rich, buttery inner flesh that’s high in oil content, making it very popular.

Hass is a full-size tree, ranging from 5 – 10m tall.

It’s not particularly cold hardy, so winter protection is a must.

Fruit ripens: From August onwards

Cross Pollinators: Any Type B variety

Hazzard ( Type A ) Avocado Information

Hazzard is a good, compact and upright tree. When mature, it can produce a good crop of small/medium avocados. They typically have a bright green, pebbly looking skin with creamy inner flesh. They can remain on the tree for a good amount of time, though as with other varieties, they can be picked early and left to ripen further on your kitchen counter.

Hazzard is a smaller variety of avocado tree, ranging from 2 – 5m tall.

It may be able to withstand a bit of frost for a very short time, but it would be better to avoid that and protect it over winter instead.

Fruit ripens: From May onwards

Cross Pollinators: Any Type B variety

Lamb Hass ( Type A ) Avocado Information

Lamb Hass trees yield a very large avocado with dark green, pebbly skin that’s almost black. The inner flesh is pale green and extremely smooth with a creamier consistency than a standard Hass. The more mature the tree, the more fruit it can bear.

Lamb Hass is a smaller variety of avocado tree, ranging from 2 – 5m tall.

It’s not particularly cold hardy, so winter protection is a must.

Fruit ripens: From October onwards

Cross Pollinators: Any Type B variety

Shepard ( Type B ) Avocado Information

Shepard is a decent grower with a spreading growth habit. The fruit is small to medium sized with an elongated shape to it. The skin is a thick, but peels easily and ripens to a deep green colour. The inner flesh is pale green to yellow and is somewhat resistant to browning when cut. When mature, it can be a good producer.

Shepard is a full-size tree, ranging from 5 – 10m tall.

It may be able to withstand a bit of frost for a very short time, but it would be better to avoid that and protect it over winter instead.

Fruit ripens: From February onwards

Cross Pollinators: Any Type A variety

Wurtz ( Type A ) Avocado Information

The Wurtz avocado tree is one of the smaller growing varieties available. It has somewhat of a weeping growth habit which makes it look quite lovely. The fruit is green and elongated with a pebbled skin. The inner flesh is pale green to yellow with a buttery smooth texture and mid-range oil content.

Wutrz is a smaller variety of avocado tree, typically ranging from 3 – 4m tall.

It’s not particularly cold hardy, so winter protection is a must.

Fruit ripens: From August onwards

Cross Pollinators: Any Type B variety

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