The Papaya Tree is actually a large herbacious tropical plant suitable for growing in-ground within USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in a large container in Zones 4 to 11. Papaya Trees have many uses, but their main crop is the large, melon-like fruit produced in large quantities on mature trees. Papaya Trees grow quickly and add an exotic tropical look to the landscape. Their leaves are used to make tea, and the fiberous trunks and leaf stems are used for mulch, compost, and even kindling.
Female Papaya Trees produce clusters of oval, green fruit that cling to the trunk at the top just under and among the growing crown of leaves. Ripe fruits turn yellow and orange, and are filled with viable seeds that can be planted for everlasting crops. The self-pollinating trees are naturally resistant to many pests, and they can grow in many types of soil. They like full sun, deep watering, well-drained ground, and mulched soil with plenty of organic matter to fuel their growth. Adding a Papaya Tree to your edible landscape gives you both the look and the taste of the tropics.