Apple and peach trees are staples in an American home backyard. These trees are so common that they are becoming too ordinary to grow in home gardens. Gardeners can dig into a garden adventure by choosing to plant rare and eye-catching trees.
One of the most exciting tree varieties is the paw paw tree. This tree is a member of the apple custard family and is commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas.
The paw paw ornamental tree can either be grown as a shrub or as a small tree. These trees grow 15 to 20 feet tall. Paw paw trees are native in Missouri but are now grown in other states too. They are characterized by a slender trunk and luscious green leaves. Also, they are popular for their unique-tasting fruit.
Apart from being a food source, this fruit-bearing tree is also used in landscapes. Gardeners can plant a colony of paw paw trees in parks, schools, backyards, and residential areas. Paw paw trees have thick green leaves in springtime and vibrant golden color in fall seasons.
In springtime, the paw paw ornamental tree looks even more stunning when tiny dark purple flowers start to blossom.
Here are a few tips on growing a paw paw tree:
- Paw paw trees are usually grown in lowlands, valleys, and nearby streams. Plant paw paw trees in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic, and fertile soil. Gardeners can achieve healthy-looking green leaves by making sure that the seedlings are planted in good spots. Choosing the right area will also reward gardeners with more flowers and fruits. Also, gardeners should make sure the soil is pH 4.2 to 5.5.
- Choose a spot that has generous access to sunlight. Protect paw paw ornamental tree seedlings using open-ended drums during the first two years. The barrel will protect the small plants from strong winds.
- Gardeners should plant at least twotrees for better pollination. Take note that a paw paw ornamental tree is not capable of self-pollination. It needs pollen grains from another tree to promote successful fertilization.
- To ensure pollination, gardeners should perform hand pollination. Using a clean paintbrush, gardeners should transfer fresh pollens from a tree to the flower buds of another tree.
- Gardeners should plant paw paw ornamental tree seedlings at least 10 to 15 feet apart in a shaded area but with enough amount of sunlight.
- To avoid premature drop-offs, gardeners may use organic fruit tree fertilizers that are rich in iron, zinc, and boron. They can also opt for composts and carabao manure. A nurtured soil will help them in obtaining sweeter and juicier pawpaw fruits.
- Prune the tree in late winter season to get rid of dead branches and withered leaves. Periodic pruning will encourage new branches and flowers. Gardeners should keep an eye on a possible crinkle virus attack. Meanwhile, they should also cut off infected leaves.
- Gardeners should water a paw paw ornamental tree regularly, especially in drought. Enough watersupply will avoid premature fruit drop-offs.
- Transplanting paw paw trees can be tricky. Landscapers and gardeners should remember that they can only transfer small plants less than six feet tall.
Aside from its aesthetic purposes, paw paw ornamental tree is capable of producing a wonder fruit. Vegans and vegetarians will love this fruit as it contains all the amino acids that the human body requires. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and potassium.
Harvest time for paw paw fruits often starts in August and ends in September. An adult paw paw tree can yield about 35 pounds of fruits in a year. Gardeners can easily spot a ripe paw paw when it is slightly soft and when it emits a sweet scent. Some pawpaw fruits may develop black blotches just like those found in bananas. However, these stains will not affect the taste of the fruit.
Paw paw fruit’s creamy taste will surely flatter everyone’s taste buds. Some people describe the pawpaw’s distinct taste as somewhere between a mango and a banana. Paw paw fruits are used in fruit shakes, baked goods, and ice creams.
A paw paw ornamental tree is a choice for home gardens. A paw paw is worthy of praise not only for its aesthetic value, but also for its delicious and nutritious fruit. Paw paw tree is one of the top edible ornamental trees in the many states in America.