NC-1 Pawpaw

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Also called Campbell’s #1

Few seeds and thin skin means more fruit to enjoy! This unique, tropical-tasting treat is great for fresh-eating and desserts. Tree grows well in partial shade and adds interest to the landscape. Dark purple blooms in spring, around April. Lovely gold foliage in fall. Offspring of Davis x Overleese. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety nearby.

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Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest September To October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Soft
Years to Bear 3 - 5
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 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 20' 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.

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
William F on Jul 30, 2020
It cross pollinates with the Prolific and Shenandoah pawpaws that I already have.
Myke H on Jun 26, 2020
William F on Jul 30, 2020
I choose this item based on the description provided, indicating cold hardiness and fruit quality, as well as customer reviews indications both negative and positive issues with the product and their order. #1 issue for me was the condition the item was received in!!
JAMIE C on Jul 3, 2020
It cross pollinates with the Prolific and Shenandoah pawpaws that I already have.
Myke H on Jun 26, 2020
I wanted it
CHARLES S on Jun 2, 2020
I am from North Carolina
Sandy R on May 4, 2020
My daughter & I have discussed the success of these trees in her area of TN. We hope to have some of the same success!
JAMES Y on Dec 15, 2019
Great taste
James M on Jun 22, 2019
It has few seeds and ripens earlier than other varieties.
DAVID H on Nov 3, 2016
I choose this item based on the description provided, indicating cold hardiness and fruit quality, as well as customer reviews indications both negative and positive issues with the product and their order. #1 issue for me was the condition the item was received in!!
JAMIE C on Jul 3, 2020
I wanted it
CHARLES S on Jun 2, 2020
Will a grafted pawpaw pollinate my native pawpaws?
Kathleen B on Oct 26, 2019
Do the deer bother this? Will I have to fence them?
Sue G on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i have not a problem with them eating the leaves however i fence mine
because the buck deer in the fall like to rub their antlers on young trees.
if i don't put a wrap or fence the trees the bucks destroy the tree.
Which paw paw tree's fruit taste like banana? I would like to ship 2-3 of these to a friend in Milan. Mi
pam r on May 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The Sunflower Pawpaw has a creamy, banana custard flavor.
I received one of the trees I ordered in October 2020, I am pretty sure it's dead. I am still waiting on the second tree. If I'm reading my order history correctly, it will be July or August before it's delivered?
Krickette on Jan 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This is a Q&A forum for product questions: I'm sorry, but we don't have access to orders and customer information here. If you would kindly call Customer Support at 800.325.4180, email they will be able to address your issue and look in to your delivery date.
Can NC1 be pollinated by Overleese? I bought NC1 and Mango 2 years ago. Our dog ate one, (yes, really) but I can't remember which was which. Based on reviews, I was thinking of reordering NC1 and going with Overleese this time.
Paula D on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. Receptivity and pollen shed are compatible between these two varieties. While flies and beetles (vs. bees) do most of the work, you will considerably improve your crop by hand-pollinating.
What would be the difference in taste between the Prolific paw and NC-1 Paw?
Josh K on Nov 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is only very subtle difference in taste between the two cultivars. The texture of the fruit may be more significant with some year's weather contributing to a more creamy texture in the fruit of one cultivar versus the other.
Will the prolific work to pollinate this tree?
George K on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Prolific will work fine, as it has a similar bloom time (April) to NC-1.

Customer Reviews

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Not the easiest plant to grow.
So, a. triloba/pawpaws....been interested in getting some of these in my garden and after having my seedlings die off in 2013 and 14 I ordered a pair from stark bros (wells and nc1) in '15. These plants do NOT enjoy full sun while young and are quick to leaf burn. They grow slowly in full shade but require a lot less love. They thrive in full sun after about 3-5 years and speed up growth significantly, but if you don't have any provision of partial shade they seemed to want 2+ waterings a day in 7A full summer heat. They're also ravaged by the early summer june bugs but some sevin or similar insecticide product seems to control the bugs from eating all the leaves. Fast forward a year and after getting these issues under control the plant is really getting some growth. Haven't had issues with groundhogs deer or other wildlife eating at the buds, I think that's usually heat stress and insect damage.

Plants starkbros shipped were in great health and exceeded my expectations, I honestly thought I was going to have to start from seed again but was really impressed by the packaging/plant humidity/shipping time
May 20, 2016
Mango and NC-1 Pawpaw trees
Received Mango and NC-1 pawpaw trees on time in great shape, planted around the end Apr 2016. Both trees are growing and should produce maybe next year, both are about 4-5 foot tall and vary healthy. Your web site is a wonderful source of info.

Thanks for the great service
July 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Very Vigorous
In the first year, the plant grew many side branches and a strong leader. Now, in the second year, I moved it with its root ball, and it still grew well while producing interesting flowers.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Second Year for this NC1
It is in the second year and has started good growth. Leaves are as large as a mature plant. I got it for pollinating another variety. Had one flower this year but should be good next year with the new branches growing rapidly. have used strong wire to keep the deer from devouring the trees. They love any soft wood like this or apple.
May 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Good first year growth
The tree leafed out well and showed good growth the first year. This spring the leaves are large and showy. I am looking forward patiently to watching this healthy young tree progress.
June 3, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great Plant
I've had mines for two seasons now, and it's growing strong. I'm just waiting for flowers to bloom, which hasn't happened yet at the time of this review. When it does happen, I have second one ready to pollinate with it.
May 5, 2018
over 5 years ago
nicely packaged but weak
I would recommend this product but my pawpaws are not growing very well. It has been a long winter in this zone. One of them is struggling to live, I wonder if it will make it through the next season. I appreciate the Stark guarantee.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Watchful waiting
Excellent condition on arrival. This is the fourth species I have planted over a 7 year span. This is the slowest grower of all, but looks healthy after 2 yrs. I'm still waiting for a pawpaw from any tree.
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago
Stock arrived in good condition. Thought the stock was on the small side of grade.
Planted fall 2015 and has survived the winter. Hopefully it will take off when it comes out of dormancy.
March 4, 2016
over 5 years ago
It died
I followed instructions on soaking the roots. I amended the soil, kept it out of the wind, kept it well watered, and fertilized it. It faded quickly. The only thing I can come up with is that it had too much sun. I’m disappointed.
They sent the tree well packaged and easy to transplant, and they replied to my emails even though there was nothing to be done for it. “Leaf scorch” is tricky to treat apparently.
August 12, 2020