Mountain Paw Paw


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Your edible tropical garden won't be complete without a Mountain Paw Paw!  This  fruit tree likes to hang out under the dappled shade of tall palms and canopy trees.  Easy-to-grow in frost-free parts of the North Island, it will give you a plentiful harvest of fruit over a long period of time. 

Urban Bounty Mountain Pawpaw come in 3 litre pot.  We recommend that you plant 2 - 3 saplings to have a good chance of fruit production.

What is Mountain Pawpaw (Vasconcellea pubescens, Chilean Pawpaw)?

Native to the Southern American highlands, Mountain Paw Paw is a quick growing fruit tree that produces exotic yellow fruit.   It isn't as sweet as the true tropical variety, but is still a great addition to your morning muesli.  (Fun fact: The yellow-fleshed fruit is usually called Pawpaw, while its red-fleshed cousin is often called Papaya.)

The dramatic leaves and exotic fruit make Mountain Pawpaw perfect for a tropical-style garden.  Although it will grow about 3 metres tall, the trunk grows straight and true, so it is also a great space-saver in a small garden.  You won't be disappointed with the plentiful harvest either.  Better yet, the fruit generally ripen one at a time so you will be rewarded with a steady supply of fruit.   

Culinary Uses for Mountain Pawpaw (Mountain Papaya, Chilean Pawpaw)

When ripe, Mountain Pawpaw are yellow with a fleshy centre, and have a mild, tangy/tart flavour that pairs particularly well with other tropical fruit.  Scoop out the flesh and eat it raw with a sprinkle of sugar over your morning cereal.  It is also delicious juiced with Passionfruit, Apple and a touch of lemon juice and sugar.  Adventurous cooks might like to try it in 'dulce de papayuela' (a South American dessert). Unripe Mountain Pawpaw can also be cooked as a vegetable in soups and stews.    

Growing Conditions for Mountain Pawpaw (Mountain Papaya, Chilean Pawpaw)

You may think that this tropical tree needs a hot climate, but it is actually more cold tolerant than other varieties.  Mountain Pawpaw can be grown in many of the frost-free parts of the upper North Island, thriving in temperatures  between 17°c and 22°c.

Mountain Pawpaw prefer a sheltered spot with dappled sun/part shade.  They do best in well-drained soils but adapt to many soil types.  This tree won't withstand frost or wind, but will handle mild drought once established.  Harvest when fruit turns yellow and slightly softened, late winter to early summer.

Male and female flowers are both needed for fruit production, but are normally borne on different trees.  It isn't possible to tell whether the plant is male or female when it is young, which is why we recommend that you plant more than one sapling. Unless you are in a very sheltered and warm climate we suggest planting Mountain Pawpaw from Spring through to early Autumn.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.