Carica Papaya is an evergreen, flowering, herbaceous perennial tree with a straight trunk and large terminal cluster of leaves, with each cluster up to 2m wide. Flowers are cream to white yellow. The plant fruit annually, starting within its first year, bearing 2-30 green fruits ripening to yellow. Trees only bear fruit for 3-4 years in commercial quantity then should be replaced.
Trees only bear fruits for 3-4 years. Grows 3m tall in a container and 6-9m tall in open ground. Single trunked and without branches unless the plant is damaged in some way. Fast-growing. Noted as reaching 15-20 years in the native habitat.