Pawpaw trees (also spelled “paw paw” trees) are native to North America, growing wild in much of the eastern and Midwest portions of the United States. The trees produce tropical-like fruit with vanilla or banana/mango flavors. When ripe, the fruit’s soft flesh is very creamy. The large seeds are easy to remove, making the pawpaw an excellent pick for fresh eating. Unique and delicious, the pawpaw is surprisingly uncommon despite its native status. A ripe pawpaw has a short shelf life, making it difficult to sell at farmer’s markets or grocery stores; and the trees are tricky to transplant because of their delicate feeder roots. When choosing pawpaw trees, look for varieties that are grown in containers (like Stark® EZ Start® pots)—this will ensure a larger root mass for successful planting. Seedling pawpaw trees can be transplanted bare root. Nicknames for the pawpaw include: Indiana banana, American custard apple, and banango.
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To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a pawpaw tree.
Make sure you pick the right size tree for your space. When our pawpaw trees mature, they will be 15-25’ tall and wide.
Your climate plays an important role in whether an pawpaw tree will produce fruit or even survive. Before ordering a tree, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area. Our pawpaw trees grow well in zones 4-8, which covers most of the country.
Pollination by a different variety is key to the success of pawpaw trees. Often, its absence is why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit. All of our pawpaw trees require the presence of a second pawpaw tree for proper fruit production.
All of our pawpaw trees are shipped to you in our exclusive EZ Start® bottomless pots. These containers allow some roots to be air pruned as they grow out the bottom, so that a dense mass of productive feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting and establishing easier and quicker. These roots also help to accelerate growth rates and may encourage earlier fruiting. When shipped to you, the trees will be approximately 1-2' tall.
To give you a head start on growing pawpaw trees, we offer upgrades called Select EZ Start® potted trees for most of our varieties. When shipped to you, these top-grade selections will be somewhat larger — approximately 3-4' tall.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or a refund of the full purchase price.
Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.