Homestead Plant Of The Week | 004 | Lila Avocado

Learn about growing avocado in Texas

Growing Avocado in Texas

Open face avocado laying on a table with seed in one side

Without the avocado, would there be Tex-Mex? It’s hard to say. I for one find it hard to imagine eating such food without the rich, creamy addition that avocado brings to the table. With that said, it’s rare to find an avocado tree in Texas. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an avocado growing in East Texas. This is something we need to change. Let’s start growing avocado in Texas!

The main reason for this is the cold. While most of the United States wouldn’t call a Texas winter “Cold”, most avocado trees would. While growing avocado in Texas isn’t common, it is possible. There is a hand full of varieties that have been bred for colder climates. These trees, when mature, can handle freezing temperatures down to 15° F.

Why Grow Avacados on Your Homestead?

Avocados are a delicious and nutritious fruit. They are a good source of fiber, vitamins C and E, and potassium. Avocados also contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health.

Avocados can be bought at the grocery store, but they can be expensive. Growing your own avocados is a great way to save money and get fresh, delicious fruit. Avocado trees can be grown in Texas. They require full sun and well-drained soil. Avocados can be grown from seed or from a purchased plant.

Lila Avocado Tree

The Lila Avocado Tree is a smaller, semi-dwarf tree. This Mexican variety grows to around 10 feet tall at maturity and can be easily maintained at 5 feet. This is great for growing the avocado tree in a pot. One benefit would be that you can move the tree indoors or to a warmer location when it is cold. Once established, Lila Avocado Trees are cold-hardy down to 15° F.

Rustic looking avocado laying on a table cut in halfLila Avocado Fruit

This avocado tree bears fruit July-September. The fruit is pear-shaped and medium in size. High in oil, the Lila avocado has a rich, pleasant taste.

Growing conditions

Lila, like most avocado trees, grows best in full sun and needs well-drained soil. Cold temperatures will damage and potentially kill the tree. To help avoid damage, when planting the tree, bury the graft below the surface and mound dirt up and around the trunk of the tree. In addition to protecting the tree, this will ensure that if the tree dies back to the ground, the new shoots will come from above the graft. Protect from extreme cold by moving the tree indoors or by covering with a blanket and adding a heat source.

What you need to know about Lila Avocado Trees

PollinationSelf-Fruitful (No Pollinator Required)
Ripening DateJuly – September
SpacingPlant trees 15-20 feet apart
USDA Zones8-11
Sun ExposureFull Sun
Mature Height10 feet
Cold-HardinessDown to 15 degrees
SoilWell Drained

Where to buy Lila avocado trees?

I recommend buying from Bob Wells Nursery. Bob Wells is a local businessman and ships great product all over the US. You can order his trees on from Bob Well on from Bob Wells on or from his website

Want more info on growing avocado in Texas?

For more information on growing avocado in Texas, here is a link to a 9-page pdf put out by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Click here for the download.

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  1. Is Lila avocado type A or B? In which months does it flower? Does it polinate well with Winter Mexican?

  2. Is Lila avocado type A or type B? What months does it flower (bloom)? Does it pollinate well with Winter Mexican?

  3. It has A and B flowers. This no pollinator requires. My Lila has lots of fruit and it’s all by itself.

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    2. Where are you located in Texas, I am I the red oak area 25 miles south of Dallas, and would love a tree outdoors

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