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If you've got the space to grow pawpaw trees, we really recommend giving these exotic fruits a go. The self-fertile trees will be pollinated by insects and produce delicious, tropical fruits that can be harvested from September.
Sharon Fruit 'Fuyu'
Diospyros kaki, Persimmon
Now you can grow your own delicious crops of Sharon fruit or Chinese Persimmon fruit. Originating from China, but increasingly available in the supermarkets, the rounded, orange-yellow fruits have a non-astringent, sweet flavour when fully ripe, and make a lovely addition to fresh fruit salads.
The spreading branches of Sharon Fruit 'Fuyu' produce glossy, dark green leaves that turn to colourful shades of orange, gold and purple in autumn. The small, bell shaped, summer flowers give way to edible fruits that continue to ripen on the tree well into December, long after the leaves have fallen. This unusual, self fertile fruit tree makes an attractive addition to a sheltered border or trained against a sunny wall. Diospyros kaki is perfectly hardy in the UK but may appreciate some winter protection in particularly cold areas. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 2m (6').
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 3 years.
Asimina triloba, Papaw, North American Paw PawCustomer Rating
This hardy pawpaw produces solitary, cup-shaped flowers and large, exotic foliage. During long, hot summers it will produce edible fruits with a delicious, tropical flavour, that can be harvested from September. In cool climates the Pawpaw or Red Indian Banana forms an attractive multi-stemmed plant that makes an unusual addition to the shrub border with its buttery yellow autumn foliage. Pawpaws are self fertile, and pollinated by insects, however the chances of pollination will improve when growing more than one pawpaw. Alternatively the flowers can be hand pollinated. Height and spread: 6m (19').
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 5 years.
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