White sapotes are commonly occurring in central Mexico. It is planted frequently in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. It is occasionally grown in northern South America, the Bahamas, West Indies, along the Riviera and other parts of the Mediterranean region, India and the East Indies. It is grown commercially in the Gisborne district of New Zealand and to some extent in South Africa.
The common species of White sapotes was introduced into California by Franciscan monks about 1810. It is still cultivated on a limited scale in the southern part of that state.
The woolly-leaved white sapote is native from Yucatan to Costa. According to Chandler, the fruits are objectionably bitter in California. White sapote trees are strictly used as ornamentals in California. The plants are used as shade for coffee plantations in Central America.