Papaya

The Papaya is generally described as a perennial tree or shrub. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the year round . The Papaya has white-gray foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with an abuncance of conspicuous orange fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the indeterminate, with fruit and seed production starting in the year round and continuing until year round. Leaves are retained year to year. The Papaya has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate. At maturity, the typical Papaya will reach up to 20 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.

The Papaya is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, seed. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 32°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Tree, Shrub
Growth Period Year Round
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Indeterminate
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 20
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Year Round Year Round
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 32
Soil Depth for Roots 40
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5–8 pH
Precipitation Range 60–60 inches/yr
Planting Density 30–700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 40
Minimum Frost-Free Days 365 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA