Avocado refers to the tree’s fruit, which is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world.

Scientific Name: Persea americana

Permaculture Uses: Fruit is edible with higher fat content than most other fruits.

Propagation: Seeds, rootstock grown from seed then grafted with mature growth.

Pollination: Self pollinating.

Local Challenges: Deer like to eat the leaves and rub their antlers on the trunk which can, and have killed plants at Three Acre Paradise.

Planted Varieties

Bacon: Developed by a farmer, James Bacon, in 1954, Bacon has medium-sized fruit with smooth, green skin with yellow-green, light-tasting flesh. When ripe, the skin remains green, but darkens slightly, and fruit yields to gentle pressure. It is cold-hardy down to −5 °C (23 °F).

Brogden: Possibly a cross between Mexican and West Indian types, ‘Brogden’ originated as a seedling grown in Winter Haven, Florida, on the property of Tom W. Brogden. The variety was recognized for its cold-hardiness to −5 °C (23 °F) and became commercially propagated as nursery stock for home growing. It is noted for its dark purple skin at maturity.

Unknown: Several trees have been planted by seed obtained from neighbors, their trees were grown from seed and have good tasting fruit so I am hoping for similar results.

Photo is from plant at Three Acre Paradise.