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Mango Pawpaw

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Tastes like vanilla custard. This vigorous growing tree produces large, flavorful fruit that is perfect for cooking, canning and baking. Seeds are easy to remove. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety.


Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Vanilla Custard
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.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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Beverly G on Apr 19, 2020
Decent price and OK for my area
Phillip M on Sep 9, 2019
No idea
Beverly G on Apr 19, 2020
I needed a pollinator for the other Pawpaw I ordered.
Kathy on Apr 17, 2020
Decent price and OK for my area
Phillip M on Sep 9, 2019
I'm trying a new and unknown fruit to me, so this is an adventure. We will see.
Michael H on Sep 8, 2019
I've tried the Mango Pawpaw before and I like the fruity combo taste of the mango/banana. I want to add this to the two pawpaws that I already ordered that are more banana like.
VIRGINIA D on Sep 4, 2019
I really like mango flavor, and pawpaw will hopefully satisfy that craving. Can't wait!
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
For cross pollination of other paw paws
Lindsay M on Aug 15, 2019
Historic tree with fruit beloved by founding fathers.
Karen L on Aug 14, 2019
Need to cross pollinate another paw paw tree
Chuck H on Aug 12, 2019
Looked like a good option for cross pollination and add variety to my garden.
Todd R on Aug 12, 2019
I have another one that is 5 years old and I need a pollinator.
TOM R S on Aug 1, 2019
Flavour profile includes vanilla. want to grow some native plants.
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
I already had one of these and it has really been good, very fast growing, very fast to produce, outdoing every other pawpaw on my farm, if you only get 1 pawpaw I recommend this one!
George on Jun 3, 2017
Something fun for kids
Miranda B on Apr 10, 2016
We have wild pawpaw in our property, I really love the taste and flavor ,,so I wanted to try this one out ..looks good.
Gina C on Apr 4, 2016
Mmm Vanilla Custard.
Timothy R on Mar 11, 2016
love the leaf
Dung H on Mar 11, 2016
I needed a pollinator for the other Pawpaw I ordered.
Kathy on Apr 17, 2020
I'm trying a new and unknown fruit to me, so this is an adventure. We will see.
Michael H on Sep 8, 2019
do black walnut trees affect Pawpaw trees?
Robert C on Sep 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. Black walnuts produce a chemical called juglone that is detrimental to some species of trees and plants with the exception of Pawpaws. Pawpaws are tolerant of this toxicity and will do well growing in the same location.
will you have more mango paw paw trees this fall?
Del Sechrist on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Delbert - Unfortunately we are out of stock for the remaining fall season. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is now the the best time to plant the trees in my 65329 zone?
John S on Sep 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
How many varieties of Paw Paws are there?
Kitty on Mar 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The number changes all the time (and is increasing), but right now there are about 40 varieties of pawpaws that are available to home growers. We carry 7 right now and will be increasing that by several new Peterson varieties very soon.
I know when they bloom they smell bad. My question is how far away can you smell them?
DEBRA K on Dec 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: While pawpaw flowers have an odor, this is only noticed up close. In our large orchard, this is not noticeable, even working around the trees during flowering.
Can I grow them in containers?
Frank C on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This article should be of interest to you:

Growing Fruit Trees in Containers:

Please note that "container" does not refer to the shipping container in which the tree arrives; you will need to "pot up" to a large container.
will pawpaw grow in soil that has a ph of 7.5? I have a clay soil but it does slope...
gardenrebecca on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in north carolina and the soil is clay as well. I planted 7 paw paws last year and since they like well drained soil i dug holes about 3 ft around and 2 ft deep and replaced the dirt with a combination of potting type soil, compost, and horse manure. So far the trees are doing well. I think the clay soil will not drain well enough
Cesar D on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Mango pawpaw is grafted. All of the pawpaw trees we have are, with the exception of the "Pawpaw" which is a seedling.
would two mango paw paws cross pollinate enough or do I need different varieties?
Stephanie B on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For proper pollination, we recommend you plant another grafted pawpaw variety. Reference the "Pollination Requirements" section.
When it says it's good for cooking, canning, and baking, does that mean it's not very good for fresh eating?
Barbara S on May 8, 2020
Shipping is unavailable in my area. Could you ship to nursery in Winchester VA?
Steve on Feb 27, 2020

Customer Reviews

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doing well
The pawpaws are growing slow, but well. You have to make sure you keep them in some type of shade as their first few years of growth needs to be out of direct sunlight. These are traditionally an understory tree.
May 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
Amazing tree
I got fruit in its second year. Very light creamy flavor and the furit holds up better than the wild paw paws I've found.
September 4, 2016
Mango paw paw
The part above the graft died on mine. It is now only growing from under the graft.
June 2, 2017
over 4 years ago
Gorwing nicely!
Planted in Zone 5a in upstate NY 30 miles north of Syracuse. Trees are now a year old since being put in the ground, and are growing nicely!
June 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
ordered 2 have 1 now :(
I ordered 2 of these planted them in the same location but sadly one did not make it over the winter. I highly suggest when you plant them that you get the root starter to add to them; this was to only thing that I did different with mine cause I ran out. Gave it 4 stars as this could be a fluke and not a product flaw; also the other is doing fine. Make sure you plant them under other trees or close to a tree line as they like the canopy shading
May 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Worth the wait
It can be seven years to fruit, but often sooner. The fruit are large and delicious cut in half and spooned out of the skin. Wait until ripe before picking as they don’t ripenen once picked. Tastes like banana custard. Squirrels LOVE these too. Pest free tree requires NO SPRAYING!
May 4, 2018
over 3 years ago
it's a dead mango pawpaw
This thing appeared dead when we got it and never snapped out of it.
December 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Mango Pawpaw
This has been a great pawpaw, vigorous grower....Last year when planted it was around 12-15 in. tall....this season it has grown to about 24 in with more branches and leaves....Looks healthy..I would recommend this pawpaw.....
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
The perfect seedling
The mango Pawpaw seedling I received from Stark Bros was the perfect size and in great shape. Transplanting it into the ground was easy, and now I have a healthy sapling!
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
I have had great luck with Stark brothers in the past and continue to use them for both spring and fall planting but unfortunately I must admit this is the only tree I have ever purchased from them that did not make it. It leafed the first year and died during fall. I left it to see if it would come back this spring and sad to say it did not. But this does not indicate the quality of their products only that sometimes things don't go your way. Keep planting! - Jeremiah
May 15, 2018
over 3 years ago