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The ‘Lula’ avocado (Persea americana ‘Lula’) is an avocado cultivar that originated in south Florida. ‘Lula’ became a widely propagated avocado after its introduction due to favorable characteristics, including its eating qualities.

History

The original tree reportedly grew from a ‘Taft’ avocado seed planted in 1915 on the property of nurseryman George B. Cellon in Miami, Florida, and was named after Cellon’s wife, Lula Cellon[1]. DNA analysis has indicated ‘Lula’ was likely the result of a cross between Guatemalan and Mexican type avocados. The tree first fruited in 1919 and was recognized for its excellent eating qualities. Propagation of ‘Lula’ began in 1921[2].

‘Lula’ became recognized for its excellent eating qualities, steady production, and cold hardiness. It did have a drawback however in that the fruit was susceptible to scab. ‘Lula’ was widely propagated both for the commercial trade and home growing. It continues to be sold on a large scale despite the availability of newer cultivars, and it is often used as a rootstock for grafted avocado trees.

‘Lula’ trees are planted in the collections of the USDA’s germplasm repository in Miami, Florida[3][4].

Description

‘Lula’ fruit has a glossy green skin and is pear-shaped. The flesh has high oil content, around 12-16%. The fruit matures from October to February in Florida[5]. ‘Lula’ produces A-type flowers.

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