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Description

Tastes like a banana. This productive tree may give you large, half-pound fruits — up to 25-50 pounds each year! Pest-free. Cold-hardy. Best to plant in neutral soil. Ripens in late September. Seedling. For proper pollination, plant two seedlings or a grafted pawpaw variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Banana-like
Texture Soft, Custard
Years to Bear 5 - 7
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 25' tall x 15 - 25' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow pawpaw trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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kenneth b on Sep 15, 2016
I bought 6 before and they are doing well. Needed 2 more.
JAMES J on Aug 6, 2016
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kenneth b on Sep 15, 2016
It's native to our region and yet we've never seen one so we wanted to add it to our farm.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
I bought 6 before and they are doing well. Needed 2 more.
JAMES J on Aug 6, 2016
This is a food native to Michigan. Did you know that in the town of Paw Paw, Michigan there is only one native tree left? It is located at at one of the Government buildings - I'm thinking Public Works Dept.? I want to bring them back as yummy food.
Mary L on May 29, 2016
To compliment our existing mono pawpaw patch, to make it fruit.
Terrence C on May 7, 2016
Never hear of it, wanted to try it
Erik W on Apr 29, 2016
It's native to our region and yet we've never seen one so we wanted to add it to our farm.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
This is a food native to Michigan. Did you know that in the town of Paw Paw, Michigan there is only one native tree left? It is located at at one of the Government buildings - I'm thinking Public Works Dept.? I want to bring them back as yummy food.
Mary L on May 29, 2016
What does a pawpaw taste like?
Liz T on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is a "custard apple" and it tastes faintly of banana, with a tart flavor. They are firm and more tart, (but not sour) when green, and more mushy and fruity when ripe
what is the difference between pawpaw and mango pawpaw ?
elizabeth j on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mango pawpaw is just a named grafted variety of pawpaw. Like a Gala and Honeycrisp are both apples, just different varieties with different flavor profiles. The "pawpaw" is not grafted, so it would be like a generic nameless apple in this analogy.
can you plant the seeds to regrow new trees?
sam c on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because this variety is not grafted, you should be able to plant the seeds and have the same variety you started with.
Has anyone living in the Southeast had luck attracting the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly to their pawpaw trees since this is the host plant for that butterfly?
Cyndy on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Langhorne, PA. Barely in the Zebra Swallowtail range. See the Wikipedia site for the Zebra Swallowtail.
I have large butterfly gardens and get a lot of butterflies.
I have not seen any Zebra Swallowtails on the Paw Paws or in my gardens.
I have a high clay content soil. What will I need to do for a pawpaw tree to flourish?
Panda-T on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have high clay soil in Tennessee. I always plant my trees with peat moss added to the soil. Once they are established they will thrive.

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First Time Success
I ordered Paw Paw trees from another company, (a total of 6) and they all died. I ordered 5 Paw Paw trees from StarkBro's, and they all lived. I ordered my 1st apple tree from StarkBro's over 36 years ago. I love the StarkBro's company. Thank's too a great company, R.C. Austin
May 8, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing well
I have a few years to go before this tree bears fruit. However, it is growing well and arrived healthy.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Paw Paw fruit is wonderful.
Paw paw fruit is wonderful. It tastes like a cross between mango and banana. Patience is required as the trees grow until they bear fruit, but it is worth the wait. Paw Paw Trees do well in moist soil. Take care to plant them where they will get moisture and some shade. They are North America's native tropical fruit that survives cold winters.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Doing good here in Austin, TX.
I put her just on the outside of a burm in almost full sun and she is doing well. No fruit yet but she is still young.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Pawpaw
I ordered two plants and have them planted in my garden in Pensacola. This is their second year of growth and are doing well. It is very important that they have shade and don't have too much direct light in our area. The one in the most shade is doing the best!
August 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Pawpaw
Alive and well. Seems to like Tennessee. I do not know when we will see the fruit.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Hoping this will work as an understory
Starting the third year with these trees. I plant two about 15' apart under partial shade of mature trees. They are alive but growing slowly. I suspect the shade is slowing them down but they appear healthy otherwise. We'll see if they produce fruit in only 4 more years. I'm happy with my choice because the small plants were SO much cheaper than the mature trees available at the local nursery, when they have them which is rare. Paw paws are native to my area so I feel good about adding them to my land.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Did not live with me
Unfortunately these trees did not live with me, I ordered a Chinese mulberry at the same time and it is flourishing , I planted four of the paw paws with no luck, so I'm thinking it me and am planing to order more.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Disappointing
We planted it carefully and kept it watered, but it never showed any signs of life.
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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