Sapote, or marmalade-plum, is native to Mexico and Central America but is planted throughout the tropics for its delicious fruit. In its native distribution it reaches a height of 130 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 14 inches long and are grouped toward the ends of branches. Flowers are about half an inch long and appear in great abundance around the branches. Fruits are up to 10 inches long and weigh up to 6 pounds, the reddish-orange pulp tastes like pumpkin and almonds. It flowers and produces fruits throughout most of the year. The generic name derives from a native name for the tree. The species name derives from the term used by the Aztecs to refer to sweet, soft fruits.

The photographed tree is east of the old Agricultural Sciences greenhouse, near the main entrance to the campus. There are other  trees west of the chancellor’s house and north of the new Agricultural Sciences greenhouses.

Pouteria sapota (Sapotaceae)