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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Valeri, sounds like you would be better off talking with a local nursery as I am not familiar with growing conditions in Georgia.

Suzanne at

Which variety would you recommend for north GA. Our climate is not as wet and salty as Florida, but we do have very hot summers and mild winters. In January, we may get a freeze, but those are rare.


Can I grow a guacamole tree in N.C. in a large container indoors in the winter? Thank you!


Beth, it really depends on where you live in North Carolina. Avocados can live in zones 8-10 (depending on the type that you choose). I would talk with a local nursery and get their take on growing avocados in your area.

Suzanne at

Thats a great list, but what about Europe? Spain ?



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