About the PAPAYA "BABACO"*
Almost everyone who visits our urban nurserie says, "Wow, what is that?!" They're referring to our BABACO plants! Also called the Mountain Papaya, or Champagne Fruit ! This is a semi-woody shrub native to the Ecuadorian Andes. The tree has a short lifespan, less than 8 years and measures an average of 2-5 m.
The BABACO is an unusual Papaya big football-shaped fruits with a unique flavor taste sort of like pineapple and kiwi ! The juicy flesh is effervescent, hence the name "champagne fruit". It's as fun fruit tree to grow as it is to eat! The exotic palm-like shape of the plant gives it a great terrasse tropical look. And it can makes up to 60 pounds of fruit per year! This is a hard-to-find fruit tree that is rarely seen for sale! The rendering of the plant may vary depending on the time of year.
Fruit Tree Details
Self-pollinating. Ready to eat around October to December in Montréal Area.
- Genus: Vasconcellea
- Species: V. × heilbornii
- Variety: BABACO
- Hardiness zone: 10 (Equator)
- Height at maturity: 3 m
- Width at maturity: 2 m
- Color of the flower: White
- Mature form: Columnar
- Fruit Name: BABACO
- Fruit Color: Yellow greenish fruit with whit yellow flesh
Fruit Tree Care Guide by Notorious BIOVERTCITÉ
This potted fruit tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It prefer sandy potted mix soil type + coarse barks and pH (neutral to acidic). It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. It will benefit from being disposed in a relatively sheltered location from prevailing winds. Prune during dormancy (late March, early April). All dead or damaged branches must be eliminated to prevent diseases. Fertilize one time in early May (1/2) and second time in early June (2/2). For POTTED FRUIT TREES, a regular supply of water is required, mainly in drought periods.
For MONTRÉAL WINTER'S, when the autumn nights comes in continuous temp below 12°C, bring your "EXOTIC" POTTED FRUIT TREE indoor in a place between 12°C to 22°C with maximum direct sunlight area to prevent death and freeze damages...