Zutano Avocado Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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The Zutano Avocado Tree is a cold-hardy avocado that can take temperatures as low as 26 degrees F. The fruit size is medium, and mature Zutano Avocados are between 10 and 12 ounces each. They are green when ripe, and have a somewhat thin, bumpy skin. Mature trees reach heights of 25 to 35 feet, and widths of 18 feet.

Zutano Avocado Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11, or in a container in USDA Zones 4 to 11. They are often grown commercially as a pollinator for the Hass Avocado variety, and the flesh is slightly less nutty in flavor than some other Mexican Avocados. The flesh is bright yellow with a small to medium sized, smooth, easily removed seed.

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Avocado Tree Care

Plant Zutano Avocado Trees in rich soil that is well drained, in a location that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun per day. Zutano Avocados do not tolerate standing water, and it is best to grow in-ground trees on a raised mound. Dig a hole that is twice the size of the potted tree’s root-ball, and back-fill with rich soil. You can add composted leaves or grass clippings to the back-fill soil when planting to increase soil nutrition. Water every other day for the first week, then every week, or when soil is dry to 2 inches deep.

If you are growing a Zutano Avocado Tree in a container, position it where it gets as much sunlight each day as possible. The best option is to grow your containerized Zutano Avocado Tree outdoors on a patio or deck in the spring and summer, and only move it indoors in winter months or when the coldest weather threatens. Always water well and allow the pot to drain fully. A potting saucer can be used indoors to catch excess water.

Fruit & Harvesting

Zutano Avocados bloom in early to late spring and it takes about six months for fruit to mature to a ready-to-eat state. Harvest Zutano Avocados when the skin is bumpy and dark green, and do a taste test. Harvested Zutano Avocados need a week or so to soften. Try them when they are soft to the touch, but not mushy. If the fruit is not ready, allow another week, then do another test.

Any fruit that can be reached can be picked by hand. Since the Zutano Avocado Tree grows upright and can become up to 30 feet tall, you can use a fruit picking basket on the end of a pole to harvest higher fruit. Avocado picking devices also include a canvas bag positioned under a stem-cutting blade that is fixed to a telescoping pole. It may take some work, but harvesting your own Zutano Avocados is well worth it.

Growing Zones


Zutano Avocado Trees thrive in locations that are protected from cold winds, but that have good air flow. A location to the south of a high wall, building, or buffer zone of trees can help block freezing north winds. However, be sure the tree has at least 18 feet of growing room on all sides for good ventilation. This can help reduce the damage done by fungi or molds.

If your Zutano Avocado Tree shows signs of damage from fungi, such as new blooms turning black and falling off before fruit appears, consider spraying with fungicide in late fall and early spring before the next blooms appear.



Can a Zutano Avocado Tree be grown from a seed?

While it is possible to grow a Zutano Avocado from a seed, there is no guarantee that the resulting fruit will be the same quality, and it can take up to 10 years to find out. The best option is to purchase a grafted tree that will produce a known quality fruit in a far shorter amount of time.

Can Zutano Avocado Trees pollinate other Avocados?

Yes. In fact the Zutano Avocado Tree is often used to pollinate Hass Avocados in commercial groves. Zutano Avocados are A-Type bloomers, and pair well with any B-Type Avocado.

What is the fruit of a Zutano Avocado Tree like?

Zutano Avocados are said to be less nutty than some avocados, but the flesh is fiber-less and has a mild flavor. Zutano Avocados are used is salads, dips, and salsas.

Do Zutano Avocados have big seeds?

Zutano Avocado Trees grow medium-sized (10 to 12 ounce) fruits and the seeds comprise about half of the interior. As such, Zutano Avocado seeds range from 2 to 3 inches across, depending on the individual fruit size.