Papaya (Carica papaya)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Carica papaya Accepted
Carica jamaicensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 18 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Leaves and un-ripe fruit are toxic and must be cooked before eating. Milky sap is an irritant and may cause severe gastritis if ingested annd may cause be a skin irritant in some individuals.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious


Posted by bonitin (Ghent, Belgium - Zone 8a) on May 31, 2014 9:22 AM

You need a male flowering plant in the proximity for a female tree to produce fruits. Male or female plants can only be recognized when flowering.
It does occur that a tree has both male and female flowers and thus can bear fruit too.

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