Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch
here to see and listen to it.
In several places around here, comfortably set in the understorey, we have a few pawpaw patches, though in all our years here we have never managed to find a ripe one. I think the coons are quick and lay in wait to get them just before they ripen.
Each one may fruit. Or not. They are notoriously fragile. Last year we noticed a group of five fruits maturing, then four, then three, then they were all gone.
We'll keep watching and maybe one year we'll get a ripe one.
The leaves on pawpaw trees are long and ovate, with the bottom edge wider than the top. They're sort of leathery.
In the fall, the leaves turn a lovely cool yellow. Not gold. Yellow. Japanese yellow. Closer to chartreuse. A color just as distinctive as the rest of the tree.