Scientific name: Persea americana

Avocado trees are a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Avocados are a large berry that contain a single large seed known as a pit or stone.

This guide will cover the best ways of growing, harvesting and handling avocados as a Queensland grower.


Avocados are a difficult crop to grow, they need to be established in the right environment (a subtropical climate and deep, very well-drained soils) and managed professionally. However they are a crop for which well-researched scientifically proven guidelines have been established which, if diligently followed, will reward growers who also pay attention to detail.

In this guide: