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Avocado Tree Growth Rate

By Mark Bingaman
A woman displays an avocado.

The creamy fruit of the avocado tree is sometimes also referred to as alligator pear, midshipman's butter, vegetable butter or butter pear. The tree grows best in a subtropical climate.

Growth Rate

The avocado tree, Persea, is considered a fast-growing tree. The Arbor Day Foundation indicates that quick growers are those that achieve a minimum of 25 inches in height annually. With maturity, the avocado tree often reaches a height of 80 feet, although it is common to see much shorter avocado trees.


The growth rate of the avocado tree is sporadic, occurring in frequent flashes during warm weather in southern locales, while cooler areas see only one distinct spurt of growth, according to the trade association California Rare Fruit Growers Inc. The tree will grow in shade but requires full sun for excellent productivity.


The growth rate of the avocado will be adversely affected in areas with poor drainage. The Purdue University Department of Horticulture indicates that the tree cannot stand even being temporarily waterlogged. The water table should hover at least 3 feet below the surface of the ground, and planting areas with soil that holds water should be avoided.


About the Author


Mark Bingaman has entertained and informed listeners as a radio personality and director of programming at stations across the U.S. A recognized expert in the integration of broadcast media with new media, he served as associate editor and director of Internet development for two industry trade publications, "Radio Ink" and "Streaming Magazine." Today, he heads the International Social Media Chamber of Commerce.