The huge sapodilla tree provides much shade, and is prized by some, but it is a non-native on the Florida EPPC List #1. It is occasionally found in hammocks and disturbed sites of Lee and Palm Beach Counties (Wunderlin, 2003). It is native to Central America.
Evergreen tree to about 20 m (66 ft) high with stout trunk. Branchlets brownish-hairy.
Alternate and often crowded at end of branchlets; young leaves are downy and brownish beneath.
White on long stalks from leaf axils, tubular; tube up to 5 mm (0.2 in) long, 6-lobed.
Brown with rough skin, up to 8 cm (3 in) across; brownish, mealy pulp; containing hard black seeds.
Text from Invasive and Non-Native Plants You Should Know, Recognition Cards, by A. Richard and V. Ramey, 2007. UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Publ. No. SP 431.Impacts
FLEPPC Category I – Invasive exotics that are altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.