A Gardener's Guide to the Butter Fruit

Meet the Persea Americana, a plant that's as versatile as it is delicious. Known to most as the Avocado or Butter Fruit, this arboreal gem is a must-have for any home garden.

Persea americana

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

High Water Needs

Requires frequent watering but doesn't tolerate standing water. Needs regular attention.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Persea americana

The Avocado tree is a sight to behold, reaching an impressive height of 167-500 feet and spreading out to a width of 200-333 feet. Its leaves are a no-show, but don't let that fool you. This tree is all about the fruit it bears.

Did you know that an Avocado tree can produce up to 400 fruits per year? That's a lot of guacamole!

Also known as

Avocado Pear
Butter Fruit
Guatemalan avocado
Pear Tree
West indian avocado


Absolutely! The Avocado is famous for its creamy, rich fruit. Perfect for guacamole, salads, or just on its own, the Avocado is a tasty addition to any meal.

Our design recommendations

While the Avocado tree may not have traditional leaves or flowers, its towering height and wide spread make it a great focal point in any garden design. Plus, who can resist the appeal of growing their own delicious Avocados? The Avocado tree is best suited for planters or courtyards. Its size makes it a great shade tree, and its fruit will be a hit at any garden party.