White Sapote

Casimiroa edulis var SueBelle

White Sapote (SueBelle) Bonsai Diary

The whole sapote thing is pretty interesting. It is a group of unrelated tree species that bear round, sweet fruits.  So far, we have collected the Black Sapote, Chikoo Sapote, Yellow Sapote and now the White Sapote. Each are distinct, having interesting flavor and textural properties and are now part of the bonsai orchard we have here.

The white sapote is a member of the citrus family.  The SueBelle variety, in particular, is noted to have a great flavor and very sweet.  It is generally described as being similar to cherimoya or like growing custard on a tree.

For us not in an environment humid enough to get the cherimoya to pollinate and produce fruit, the White Sapote could be an acceptable replacement.  An odd fact is the White Sapote can cause drowsiness, and the seeds have narcotic effect.  This should probably be a stay at home fruit.  The leaves can also be used to make a relaxing tea.  The entire tree has some edible/medicinal properties.


Casmiroa edulis var 'SueBelle'

May 13, 2017 - Nice Growth And Coloring With 2838 Days To Fresh Fruit


After SueBelle was potted up with Mykos and a new location the leaf growth and coloring is so much better than when it arrived.

The old leaves seem to be spent and withering away, being replaced by these lush green leaves with excellent and uniform color.

When the tree has developed well enough to get some decent sized stems then we can try to graft a scion or two of some 'real' SueBelle and see if there is any difference in flavor, and maybe get some fruit a little sooner.


May 2, 2017 - New Leaves and 2849 Days To Fresh Fruit
Casmiroa edulis var 'SueBelle'



After no progress since moving SuBelle outside, we put it under the shade house and gave it some white clover buddies to help increase local transpiration and root shade.  These were just seeds, so not much going on right now, but the response appears to be favorable.

New leaves are finally unfurling with some color that looks nice compared to the older leaves.  I doubt the white clover is doing much at this point although they were coated with some beneficial covering.

The benefit is most likely the shade and a place where the sun doesn't shine on the planter pot.



Casimiroa edulis var 'SueBelle'

April 27, 2017 - No Notable Changes and 2854 Days To Fresh Fruit


The larger leaves still look just as pale.  The smaller leaves seem a bit darker, but really nothing seems to have happened since transplanting and putting SueBelle outside.

We ended up moving it to the shade house to see if the generally weak development improves in the new location.

February 11, 2017 - 2929 Days To Fresh Fruit
Casimiroa edulis var SueBelle


The SueBell White Sapote was purchased from eBay as a one gallon, one year old tree February 11, 2017.  Seedling trees take 7 - 8 years to bear fruit, so once arriving we have 6 or 7 years before we can enjoy the fruit, but can make tea from leaves here and there.

The leaves look a bit thin and yellow. When things warm up, SueBelle will be moved outside for some weather conditioning.