Yellow Fruited Tejocote Tree
This selection of Tejocote produces yellow fruits on a shrubby 15 foot broad leaf evergreen tree.
Yellow Fruited Tejocote Tree, also known as manzanita or Mexican Hawthorn, is perhaps the most delicious of any of the edible hawthorn species and has long been valued by the people of Mexico where it is used to make a traditional drink called Ponche around the winter holiday season as well as many other candies, preserves and beverages. Tejoctoe is unique in its genus as it is actually quite tasty to eat raw, tasting tropical and sweetly tart, and because the tree is evergreen. Tejocote is native to the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala so it is somewhat cold hardy even though it is a Central American native, probably to USDA Zone 7. Trees grow to about 15 feet tall, sometimes up to 20 or 25 with great age.
Latin Name: Crataegus mexicana
Site and Soil: Tejocote likes full sun 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Tejocote is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Tejoctoe is thought to be hardy to about 5F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft. in height, smaller with pruning
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Tejocote has not been damaged by pests or diseases in our orchard.
USDA Zone: 7