How to Identify an Avocado Tree

Overview

Avocado trees produce a fruit many love to eat and that is used in multiple ways--for food preparation, or in treatments such as a face mask. As the fruit has become popular, more homeowners want to have an avocado tree for their backyard. Whether you're looking for more information on the tree, or would like to identify a tree in the backyard of your recently purchased home, there are a few key steps to ensure you're looking at a true avocado tree.

Step 1

Estimate the height of the tree. An avocado tree averages from 60 to 80 feet high. Use the tape measure to get a general idea of how tall it is.

Step 2

Examine the leaves. Avocado leaves grow alternately, meaning that every other leaf grows in the opposite direction of each other. Also, each leaf has its own stem. The length of the leaf should be between 5 and 10 inches long with smooth edges.

Step 3

Look for avocados, of course, in the spring or early summer. These are a pear-shaped fruit that can vary from light green to black-green. They also range around the size of a pear, but have a large pit in the center.

Step 4

Look for blossoms that are about a half-inch in diameter. These will be yellowish-green.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

References

  • Gardenology: About Avocado Trees
  • TheFloweringGarden: Avocado Growing Tips
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About this Author

Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.