Even though these small, clustered ornamental tree look like any other tropical tree but actually it is native to North America and is grown in large-scale in the eastern United States. In its natural habitat, these trees are more often found near river beds and has a tendency to grow under larger trees.
Pawpaw Tree Information
This tree is well-known for its narrow pyramidal structure and dense foliage. On an average, the size of a paw paw tree varies in between 15-20 feet. Some of them may grow up to a height of 25 feet. The diameter of its trunks is about 8 inches.
Its leaves are somewhat oblong in shape and dark green in color that grows to a length of 12 inches. These leaves tend to droop in the downward direction from its branches. At the onset of autumn, these green leaves turn yellow and fall off. Then fresh new leaves emerge all over again during spring after the blooms appear on the tree.
Flowers can be identified by dark brown color and a soft, velvety texture. These are suspended in upward down position from the tree. Pawpaw fruits are big and fat that weighs about one pound. It is edible, sweet and has creamy texture. This fruit grows in a bunch of 8-9 fruits. Inside the fruit, there are two rows of big seeds, similar to lima beans.
Growing Pawpaw Tree
Pawpaw tree grows well in warm and humid weather but is tolerant towards frost conditions. Ideal soil condition is a rich, well-drained soil, slightly acidic in nature. It can be grown both outdoors as well as indoors in containers. The location of the tree should be such that it receives full sun as sunlight is essential for the growth of its rich foliage.
Seeds should be sown during fall and winter for germination. After sowing the seeds, water the soil on a regular basis in order to ensure that the seeds do not become dry. Four months later, as the spring sets in, you have to transplant the seedlings at the actual location where you wish to grow the pawpaw tree.
Mulching the soil is important as it prevents growth of weeds and help the soil to retain its moisture. Fertilizers should be added to the soil two times in a year. Potassium rich organic fertilizers are most suitable for pawpaw tree.
When you provide the tree with proper growing condition, then it can grow quite rapidly. Within next 5-6 years, the plant will grow to a height of 6 feet and start bearing fruits. Ripe fruits are harvested from the tree in the months of August to October.
Besides, it has a high amount of other valuable nutrients like vitamin C, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids, etc. When you are growing the tree for its fruits, then you must plant more than one tree in your garden in order to facilitate proper cross-pollination.