Choose the Right Avocado for Your Region

Choose the Right Avocado for Your Region
Avocado trees are divided into three main types: Guatemalan, Mexican, and West Indian.

Mexican Avocados

Mexican varieties are the most cold tolerant and need protection for the foliage at 20°F. Mexican types are the least salt tolerant and are typically grown in California. These avocados are Mexican avocados: Mexicola Stewart Zutano

Guatemalan Avocados

Guatemalan varieties are in between the other two. They're popular in Texas because they're relatively cold and salt tolerant. These avocados are Guatemalan x Mexican: Bacon Hass Little Cado

West Indian Avocados

West Indian varieties are the least cold tolerant, and need protection at 32°F. West Indian types are the most salt tolerant and do very well in Florida. Select the avocados that suit your soil and climate. For the best pollination, plant a tree with A flowers and one with B flowers. We explain the flower types here. Watch our Growing Avocados video for planting, pruning, and harvesting tips -- and enjoy your homegrown avocados in so many ways!
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Cathy, the West Indian type should do the best in your area, however, we do not sell any of those varieties. You might want to check with a local nursery and ask what varieties grow best in your location.


I truly want a healthy and good tasting avocado tree that I can plant in the ground. I’m in north Florida where the ground has had a 3’ flood of salt water during a hurricane. We also have some cold in the high 20’s and low 30’s occasionally. What’s the best avocado choice for my area. Thanks for any help you can provide. Thanks💕 Cathy

Cathy Hall

Patsy, I would not recommend getting an avocado for your growing zone and climate. They are really rated to zones 9 and 10 and do best in dry moderate climates. But you can visit your local nursery and talk with someone in your growing zone.


I live in south Alabama zone 8 and lots of rain. Can the avocado flourish in our climate?


Is there an update on how these trees are doing years later? We’re in Meadow Vista and I’m curious how things have panned out long-term. I have my own experiment going with Mexicola Grande, Fantasic, Brogdon, and Bacon trees (we also have a Wurtz, but that might need to live closer to the house long-term). They are still young and spending their first winter in the plant room.


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