Avocado tree ID

swakyaby(9)August 4, 2013

Hello avocado fanatics!

I purchased a dwarf avocado tree this spring from Home Depot in Roseville, and planted it in a raised bed about 5 months ago. I am wondering if anyone can identify the cultivar. The plant tag only identifies it as a dwarf hybrid. When I went to the HD Garden Club website and typed in the tag's plant code "THDA5155" it repeated the same information on the plant tag, that it is a hybrid dwarf, grows to 6-12 feet tall, and is hardy to 20 degrees F. When I asked an employee at the HD's Garden Center at the time of purchase, he only shrugged.

It set one pear-shaped fruit, pictured, with some sun scald, I think. I originally thought it might be a Little Cado, but I thought Hass types have more oval fruit. I don't know what a Holiday looks like. Can anyone identify this little avocado tree?

Thank you, avocado fans.

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fireduck(10a)

I can tell you what it is not..Littlecado (Wertz), Holiday (xx3), Gwen. It could be this: http://reviews.homedepot.com/1999/100494481/persea-americana-don-gillogly-avocado-reviews/reviews.htm

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 9:40PM
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swakyaby(9)

Thanks, fireduck. Is it because of the shape of the immature fruit shown?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 10:56PM
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steve_in_los_osos

If you're feeling adventurous, you can make some comparisons to the UCR Avocado variety database (fruit size and shape, as well as leaf proportions,all pictures).

Here is a link that might be useful: UCR Avocado Variety Database

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 11:17PM
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swakyaby(9)

Thanks, Steve. I'll definitely look there.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 12:53AM
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tim45z10

I purchased two of them at HD as well. What I learned is it is supposed to be a hass grafted on the roots of a mexican avo. I stripped my tree of any fruit this year.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:30AM
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tim45z10

I purchased two of them at HD as well. What I learned is it is supposed to be a hass grafted on the roots of a mexican avo. I stripped my tree of any fruit this year.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:36AM
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tim45z10

I purchased two of them at HD as well. What I learned is it is supposed to be a hass grafted on the roots of a mexican avo. I stripped my tree of any fruit this year.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:37AM
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swakyaby(9)

Interesting information, Tim. Before you removed your fruit, were they pear-shaped like mine? Doesn't Hass produce a different shape avocado?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 8:27AM
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serge94501

My Pinkerton had mature fruits that shape.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:31PM
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swakyaby(9)

@serge94501,

I agree, Pinkerton is the only tree I know that has the shape fruit I am seeing on my tiny tree. Do you think this might be a mis-labeled Pinkerton? My planting site is completely unsuitable for anything but a dwarf tree.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 12:40PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

It could also be 'Holiday'. Your tree is very young, and the shape of the fruit may change up some, as it matures. 'Holiday' is frequently sold by the big box stores as a "dwarf" avocado tree. The easiest way to find out for sure is to call your Home Depot and ask to speak to the Garden Manager. Ask him/her where they buy their avocados from, as you're trying to ID the cultivar of something tagged as "dwarf avocado". I have had success in chasing down the grower of some of my trees to find out things like rootstock in this way.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 7:10PM
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swakyaby(9)

Hi Patty,

Thank you for your suggestion. I called Home Depot today, and after much computer sleuthing, they identified the vendor as Four Winds Growers, a grower well known in California mainly for their citrus trees. I have left a message for their customer service at Four Winds Growers, and am waiting for a return call.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 4:08PM
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swakyaby(9)

After leaving a phone message, I also emailed customer service at Four Winds growers, and they responded today. They said that in March they shipped Little Cado to my store, and in May they shipped Holiday. Based on my purchase in April, they said it is probably a Little Cado.

So, thank you everyone for responding!

P.S. It is interesting that my first fruit is shaped like a Pinkerton, isn't it?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 3:51PM
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johnmerr(11)

Swak... thanks to you for following up and letting us know what you found.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 6:56PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Ah, very good. Littlecado/Wertz. And "ok" variety, I think Holiday is better tasting, in my opinion, but Littlecado will do well in our area. It has a weeping growth habit, much like Holiday. Its fruit is green, and will eventually be a little more rotund.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 8:31PM
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