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Scientifically known as Persea americana, a tree likely originating from south-central Mexico and is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant also called an avocado pear and alligator pear. It is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. They are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned and fleshy body like a pear, egg or spherical in shape. Commercially, they ripen after harvesting. They are partially self-pollinating and are often grown through grafting. This helps maintain predictable fruit quality and quantity.


  • Avocado is a tropical fruit that shows a close resemblance to pear fruits.
  • This fruit is a great source of nutrients compared to any other fruits.
  • Avocado trees are a native to South Central Mexico.
  • Classified as a member of the Lauraceae plant family.
  • Also known as the “alligator pear”.
  • Bears flowers of brown colour.
  • Avocado is also known as the butter fruit in some parts.
  • This plant can grow up to 30 feet.
  • Mostly blooms from July through August.
  • Easy to grow and culture.
  • Requires full sun to grow.
  • Require medium watering.
  • Well-drained soil with organic fertiliser promotes growth speed.
  • Pruning is necessary during every spring.
  • Harvest season is from November to February.
  • Take precaution while pruning since the branches can bounce back when released.
  • Wear protective gear to avoid injury while pruning due to thorns

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