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Billy Joe Fudge: Factors affecting Pawpaw leaves, fruit color

Comments re photo 63432 Lovely Pawpaw Trees on Larry Clark place

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Pawpaw trees fall into the category of a non-timber type tree of which my knowledge is severely limited. However, I've never allowed lack of knowledge to prevent me stating my educated or in many cases, uneducated opinion concerning subject matter from the formation of star systems in deep space to the subject at hand, "differing fruit coloration of the North American Banana."

Prior to presenting my prognostication, I would like to apologize for allowing myself to apricate in the absence of the terrific, top of the line, terrene Research Department of The Great Wooded South University. However, due to the heavy load of Himalayan hydra seemingly suffocating the timely scheduling of any additional anomalies, I'm having to set sail in a sort of singularity in an effort to effect an explanation concerning this enigma.

Paw paws are an understory, shade loving species. Understory trees when grown out in the open, in full sunlight will often develop bark deviations which look quite different to their same specie counterparts growing in the shade.

Additionally, trees grown in the shade will sometimes have larger leaves in order to collect as much filtered sunlight as possible.

Therefore I can only conclude that the fruit, in this case the Paw paw fruit itself, might very well have altered coloration due to the increased light conditions. Other variables which could contribute to this condition might be commercial fertilizers in the nearby fields and soil compaction issues.

This story was posted on 2015-11-27 20:00:14
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