Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota)—
The sapodilla is a beautiful ornamental tree, grown for its delicious, sweet fruits tasting somewhat like pears sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon.
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.
The Alano is a Frankie’s Nursery selection which originated as a seedling of the Philippine variety Ponderosa.
The self fertile, productive trees produce large, very sweet, fine textured fruits.
Some good imported varieties are the Makok and Gonzalez.