papaya fruit image

Papaya Trees

Papaya carica

Papaya trees are perhaps the easiest tropical fruit trees to grow in the Inland Empire. They are prolific producers and usually survive moderate frost damage. Papayas grow best in multiple plantings to ensure cross pollination. They are cold tender so please make sure to protect them from frost. The varieties we offer include Brazilian, Mexican, Red Lady, Solo and Strawberry.

Plant Details  
Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
Tree Size/Habit 10 – 12 feet
Fruit Shape/Size Pear shape to oval, depending on variety
Fruit Flavor Sweet, to very sweet depending on variety
Skin Color When Ripe Yellowish to orange
Fruit Use Fresh eating, juice
Fruit Season Early Summer
Light Needs Full Sun
Water Needs Regular
USDA Zone 9 – 11