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Oak Leaved Papaya

Carica quercifolia
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Native of South America. Same family as Mountain Paw Paw but hardier.

Landscape Value

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.

Nutritional Value

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.

Expected Yield

Will produce hundreds of small fruit.

Generic Fruiting Time

J F M A M J J A S O N D

Growing

Sun

Plant in full sun grows well in sub tropical and warm temperate areas.

Wind

Needs to be planted in a protected area as wind would easily break off branches.

Climate

Sub tropical and warm temperate, frost hardy.

Soil

Well drained soil does not like wet feet.

Planting

Plant in a group of three for a dramatic feature.

Fertiliser

General NPK in spring.

Pruning

Generally not needed.

Pests

None known.

Hardiness

Hardy to -5°C

Special Conditions

 


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