Oak Leaved Papaya
Native of South America. Same family as Mountain Paw Paw but hardier.
Attractive spreading tree 4-6m in height with large oak-like leaves and golden drop shaped fruit. A great addition to your sub-tropical garden. Even in the winter it is dramatic in its deciduous form.
Similar to Mountain Paw Paw. Vitamin A and C, folate, calcium, phosphates, magnesium and iron. Also includes papin which give it tenderising properties.
How to Eat
Fresh, the orange fruit is sweet and musky with a zesty perfume. The skin is thin and edible.
Will produce hundreds of small fruit.
Generic Fruiting Time
Plant in full sun grows well in sub tropical and warm temperate areas.
Needs to be planted in a protected area as wind would easily break off branches.
Sub tropical and warm temperate, frost hardy.
Well drained soil does not like wet feet.
Plant in a group of three for a dramatic feature.
General NPK in spring.
Generally not needed.
Hardy to -5°C