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Hafner Fine Carpentry

Though it is cool to have a nice avocado tree, our experience with one is that they are fairly messy trees to live with, dropping alternatively - leaves, then buds, twigs and limbs as they are brittle, and then the actual fruit which can be large and falling from a height as to make them downright dangerous. They are best relegated to a part of the yard without any patios underneath.


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Thos. Baker

Friends of mine on Maui live in a residential area on a hill. They have a huge avocado tree and when the fruit drops, it rolls downhill into neighboring yards. The neighbors collect the avocados and put them in beautiful baskets on the table and enjoy a bounty of free avocados!

Great article!

Christi, on behalf of Thos. Baker

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Anna Rhees

My husband and I went to buy a banana tree for a relative in FL for a Christmas present. The assistant at the nursery said, "Is this someone you LIKE?" Apparently the entire massive bunch of bananas comes ripe at the same time and attracts fruit rats. Then, for the plant to fruit again, it needs to be chopped back. After being chopped back it will grow 3 new banana trees... and so on. In short, not recommended... we bought them a mango tree instead.

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