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NC-1 Pawpaw

Item #8889, EZ Start®. Ships 1 - 2' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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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. Hybrid of Davis x Overleese. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety.


Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest September-october
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - 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.

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.

Related Assortments

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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.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It has few seeds and ripens earlier than other varieties.
DAVID H on Nov 3, 2016
It has few seeds and ripens earlier than other varieties.
DAVID H on Nov 3, 2016
Do the deer bother this? Will I have to fence them?
Sue G on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Oh, yes, they will chew them to the ground. All fruit tree seedlings are fair game for deer and rabbits. I had to fence all my fruit trees. Rabbits were stripping the bark off and deer eat all new shoots and leaves. Fence!.Fence! Fence! Hope this helps.

ue thao, Stillwater, mn
Will the prolific work to pollinate this tree?
Tacklebox 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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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
1 year 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 2 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
1 year ago
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
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
1 year ago
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