Has anyone observed pawpaw growing in the wild in Ontario? I'm not asking for your specific spot if you have seen them! I'm just curious because I saw a picture of their range that included a little bit of SW Ontario.
Hi, There are plenty in toronto ravines apparently they like shady edges and prefer to start fully protected by shade. I see them for sale, forraged and sold at farmers markets occasionally in season. they are our version of tropical fruit, lovely.
i took a drive out to guelph in the fall
i was expecting a small wild stand.. but there are only 3 trees which are small
speaking with someone in the visitor centre (who was very knowledgeable)
he said that a frost in the spring left them with only a couple fruits this year
it was nice to walk around in the rain for a couple hours at near freezing temperatures though!
The only place I would expect to find them is in the fruit growing area near st. Catharines Ontario and along the shore of Lake Erie, which is the northernmost tip of the Carolina Forest. The only places I've seen them growing in the wild is right near the lake near a park called Happy Rolph's. I think he donated the place. It's on the side of the canal toward Niagara on the Lake .The other place is Beaver Dam's Road near Lake Gibson, the city's water supply.
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