Fuerte Avocado Information and Care
Fuerte Avocado trees are subtropical plants with large leaves. They do well near the coast and in mild summer climates. The large surface area allows their leaves to collect sunlight from low light partial sun areas. Intense light and heat during the Summer can damage leaves and potentially kill the Fuerte Avocado tree. To protect the tree in hot climates, plant them where they receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Avocado trees can be planted in the full sun in mild summer climates and near the ocean.
Fuerte avocados are a Mexican/Guatemalan cross that arrived in California from Puebla in the early 1900’s. ‘Fuerte’ means strong in Spanish, and got its name after withstanding a severe frost in California in 1913. They are tolerant to −3 °C (27 °F) temperatures. It is a hybrid Mexican variety that is ready to pick in November and is good through March. The Fuerte avocado is a long time California commercial variety valued for its winter season and its B blossom type. Because it is a type B it will require a type A pollinator (Hass) to bear fruit. Its skin thickness is medium thin. Seed size is medium large.