can i cut down my one male avocado tree?

lindsey5809(9)June 15, 2012

Hi there,

I'm buying a house in Oakland, CA and there are three mature avocado trees in back and all are quite unruly. I discovered that the one we would like to remove is the sole male tree. The avocado fruit I have seen from one tree is Haas. Both females are near finished fruiting.

I'm new to the neighborhood, so there might be more trees around -- there is definitely one a couple hundred yards away, although the fruiting season is near finished and I can't tell if it is male or female.

I also don't know how to tell if my two fruiting trees are A or B. At least one is A, a Haas.

I REALLY want to remove this third tree. What do you think? Will it still receive hopeful pollination from neighboring trees? If I don't get a lot of fruit next year should I consider buying a small male B tree and keeping it under control?

Many thanks!


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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Good news for you Lindsey- Hass don't have male trees, they are A types. You can cut down the unproductive tree with no impact on fruit production.

Wikipedia says "the avocado is unusual in that the timing of the male and female flower phases differs among cultivars. There are two flowering types, "A" and "B". "A" cultivar flowers open as female on the morning of the first day and close in late morning or early afternoon. Then they open as male in the afternoon of the second day. "B" varieties open as female on the afternoon of the first day, close in late afternoon and reopen as male the following morning.
"A" cultivars: Hass, Gwen, Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, Reed.
"B" cultivars: Fuerte, Sharwil, Zutano, Bacon, Ettinger, Sir Prize, Walter Hole."

I have two Hass trees and believe me, that's plenty! Congratulations on your new home. May you have many happy years in it.


    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 11:47AM
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Having a type B tree will increase fruit production, but isn't completely necessary. You can still get fruit with just the Hass because self-fertilization is responsible for a significant portion of the fruit.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing avocados

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 6:51PM
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thank you both so much for responding! I am not sure the other female tree is also a haas but I feel better now about removing the third tree.

I will see you both on the forum I hope. Happy gardening.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 2:04AM
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