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Can Avocado Trees Live in Tennessee?

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the avocado plant, formally "Persea Americana," is cold hardy in USDA growing zones 9B through 11. In the United States, this includes South Florida as well as parts of California, Texas and Arizona, but not Tennessee.

Avocado Trees Live In Tennessee?

Easy to grow from seed, the avocado tree (Persea Americana) hails from tropical Central America, the West Indies and South America. It grows to a mature size of 30 to 60 feet tall and 20 to 80 feet wide. Avocado trees have limited tolerance to frost and die when temperatures drop below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. When a young seedling, the avocado makes a nice exotic houseplant for a sunny southern or western window. You may opt to move the container outdoors in summer to grow further. If temperatures are kept above 60 F, seeds germinate in two to six months and faster if the temperature remains above 80 F.

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