Art planted these two papaya trees with the hopes of having mountains of fruit everyday. Then he learned that there were male and female plants. However, no worries! He found information on the web that said male plants were VERY RARE so he was confident that he had a female tree that would bear more fruit than he could handle. He figured he'd have enough to share with the neighbors, with the relatives... who knows? Maybe he'd have to sell them at the farmers market.
My mother laughingly teased that he probably had a male plant because the flowers kept appearing, then drooping off. No symbolism here. Last night Art looked at photos of male and female flowers online and discovered that we 99.9% probably do have a male plant. Female flowers have a much plumper bud.
We don't know what the other tree is. We're hoping it's either a female who will have a nice male companion close by or a hermaphrodite. In which case... what do we do with that useless guy?
Art says that since it's very rare, we could just admire it.