Pawpaw Seedling

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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 nearby.

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Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun 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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
WV used to have a lot of Paw Paws, so I want to cultivate them. I like the fruit and I have an ideal place to grow them.
KATY M on Mar 6, 2017
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
WV used to have a lot of Paw Paws, so I want to cultivate them. I like the fruit and I have an ideal place to grow them.
KATY M on Mar 6, 2017
paw paw bread
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
paw paw bread
kenneth b on Sep 15, 2016
I bought 6 before and they are doing well. Needed 2 more.
JAMES J on Aug 6, 2016
What does a pawpaw taste like?
Liz T on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends on they type of tree you have. Some are more like mango and others can be like banana, etc.
what is the difference between pawpaw and mango pawpaw ?
elizabeth j on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mango pawpaw tree's fruit is supposed to taste like vanilla as other varieties of pawpaw taste like a creamy banana. Mixed with blueberries it makes an amazing jam.
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.
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.
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.
How much $ are the pawpaw seedlings ???
Scott B on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Since the item is not available we do not have a price set.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When is the best time to plant pawpaw seedlings?
Lucie T on Oct 6, 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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

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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
over 6 years ago
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
over 6 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
over 6 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
over 6 years 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
over 6 years ago
6 Year old Paw Paws loaded with blooms, huge trees
This is the 6th spring my Paw Paw trees have been in the front yard. I planted them under a junk tree that needed cut down. After 2 years we hired an arborist to cut the junk tree down. The Paw Paws have been in full sun since and are huge. They have hundreds of blooms this year, I really hope to get fruit. I've seen flies on them, so fingers crossed. I highly recommend putting them in shade for two years and watering generously. I've purchased other Paw Paw trees on eBay and they all died. I would buy from Stark Bros.
April 24, 2017
Very Pleased
Upon arrival the Papaw trees I ordered looked little more than sticks with roots at the end. One of them was even broken and I was sure was not going to make it. I am happy to say that after a few weeks they started to show some green and develop leaves, the smaller broken one more than the other. They are growing well and I would recommend these to anyone looking to add an interesting edible addition to thier yard. Remember to provide with some shade and water them well early on as they are an understory tree.
April 30, 2017
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
over 6 years ago
Paw paw tree
They did not make it?? My two trees did not have success. The other two trees are doing great. I planted mine in the ground shortly after arrival. One was eaten by rabbits. The other just did not grow. The other two were put in pots and grew very well. This year the two in pots will be planted in the soil because they are bigger and stronger.
May 18, 2017
over 4 years ago
A pawpaw for "Paw-Paw"...
It was a gift from my children, for their grandfather- they call him "Paw-Paw". He loves it! Thought the idea was really cute. We planted it a year ago and it's growing and healthy....probably be a couple of years before it's big enough to bear fruit. We're all excited for that! A very special and meaningful momento/tribute, and we look forward to enjoying it for years to come!
Thank you, Stark Bros!!
The Lyons family, Maryland
June 15, 2017
over 4 years ago