ID Dwarf Avocado?

BarbJP CA 15-16/9BJune 8, 2014

I hope someone can help me identify this Avocado tree. I think it was planted sometime late 1980's by the previous owners who were friends of my in-laws. So I saw the tree when it was pretty young and small, then about 15 years later we bought the house and moved in.

This tree was pretty much the same size when we moved in! It seems they took the advice of not over-watering way too seriously and hardly ever watered it.

We get just about no rain from May to November most years here, so amazed the poor thing even lived! Anyway, I started watering it, and feeding it citrus food a 3-4 times a year and it grew 3 times as big in 5 years.

They said it was a dwarf variety, so it would have to be a dwarf only available before 1990. But it's a pretty big dwarf, it's now about 15' tall and 8-10' wide, maybe it wasn't a dwarf after all, lol.

It has a drooping habit to the branches. The fruit is oval shaped, medium size and dark green when ripe. Skin is smooth and thin. Taste is pretty good, mild, medium oily when really ripe, but not as oily as Hass, and sometimes gets stringy, but not always. A little watery too.
Ripens between April through July in Northern California. It tends to be alternate bearing unfortunately.

I would have guessed Gwen, but Gwen is said to have a bumpy skin like Hass, and this skin is smooth and thin. Any Ideas?

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You will never know for sure what that is. Too many varieties out there (well over 200). The fruit is similar to a Bacon...and it definitely looks like a Mexican variety (thin skinned). It does look healthy!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 10:25PM
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BarbJP CA 15-16/9B

You're probably right. I've been trying to figure it out for a long time with no sure answer.

I agree the fruit looks a lot like a Bacon and it's the more 'watery' type like a Mexican variety. It's just that everthing I read about Bacon says it ripens in fall-winter. These are ready between April-July.

OK, I think I've a good case for Wurtz (aka. Little Cado);

*It was developed early enough to be for sale then.
*It ripens April-Sept. Mine are pretty much all picked by late July, but these things vary, it's in the range.
*Several descriptions say it's fruit resembles Bacon.
*It's about the right size tree.

So yeah, I'll probably never know for sure, but this is close enough I think.

Thanks for the confirmation that the fruit does look like Bacon, that helped. : )

Btw, some don't like the more "watery" type of avocados, but I found they make the BEST smoothies!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:08PM
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