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Pawpaw Trees

Also called Indiana banana, American custard apple, banango

Pawpaw trees (Asimina triloba) are native to North America, growing wild in much of the eastern and Midwest portions of the United States. The foliage is the sole food source for the Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar, and the butterflies are attracted to pawpaw trees as a result. Deer, on the other hand, are not interested in eating the leaves of pawpaw trees. 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.

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To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a pawpaw tree.

Zone Compatibility

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.

Proper Pollination

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.

Mature Tree Size

Make sure you pick the right size tree for your space. When our pawpaw trees mature, they will be 15-25’ tall and wide.

Promise of Satisfaction

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.