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Carica papaya/Papaya

Carica papaya / Carica papaya
Young plant
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Young plant

Plant in a landscape

Fruit turns yellow and then orange as it ripens

A good crop of young fruit

Has large, coarse textured leaves

Fruit attached to trunk at base of leaf stems

Fruit just beginning to ripen

May have creamy white flowers at any time during year

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Scientific Name: Carica papaya
Common Name: Papaya
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Papaya is cultivated throughout the world's tropical and frost-free sub-tropical regions for its edible fruit. There are male and female plants. Plants may be from 6 to 15 feet in height. Plant in large tubs in areas subject to freezing temperatures. Makes a handsome tub specimen.