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Extra sweet fruit. This tree yields abundant crops of 25-50 pounds when mature, perfect for baking, canning or cooking. Cold-hardy. Best to plant in neutral soil, partial to full sun. Ripens in late September. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another grafted pawpaw variety nearby.


Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
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 Sweet
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.

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
Because I needed a pollinator for the other one I had ordered before.
Jo M on Jun 20, 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
Trying out this tree in Southern California
Jason H on Jun 27, 2020
Because I needed a pollinator for the other one I had ordered before.
Jo M on Jun 20, 2020
Restoration of native trees
Ron B on Jun 3, 2020
Tried to grow them last year and they died so I am getting two more through you guys this time :)
shelley s on May 28, 2020
I have been wanting to try pawpaws for years.
Anna G on May 27, 2020
needed a pollinator
Jack H on May 9, 2020
Needed a pollinator and recommended for my other selection
Thomas K R on Oct 22, 2019
Because I'm looking to put in native fruits.
Jo M on Oct 22, 2019
Reviews were good
Byron M on Oct 15, 2019
Needed a mate to go with the Wells Pawpaw that I got, this looked to be a nice counter point
Randall W on Sep 24, 2019
I thought would be fun to grow. I remember the song we use to sing in school.
Diane E on Sep 3, 2019
Not aware of anyone with a paw paw in my area trying start a food trend in SE Michigan.
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
saw reference on the web
James W on Jun 28, 2019
looking for different, low maintenance , good tasting fruit trees
Russell B on Jun 23, 2019
biodiversity, pollinator
Justin T on Feb 24, 2019
I want to grow pawpaws and this will cross pollinate.
William L on Feb 13, 2019
Zone 4
EUGENE M on Feb 4, 2019
Recommendation by an Army buddy.
Wayne K on Jun 29, 2018
Price and stark brothers warranty
Michael B on Jun 23, 2018
My husband was singing the "way down yonder in the paw-paw patch" song and wondered what a paw-paw was.
Karen S on Jun 2, 2018
Deer food plot.
Dallas C on Jan 5, 2017
Recommended cultivar from a short course on orchard trees that I took.
Margaret M on Mar 28, 2016
Trying out this tree in Southern California
Jason H on Jun 27, 2020
Restoration of native trees
Ron B on Jun 3, 2020
Does anyone have luck planting Pawpaws in Zone 5a/ to 4? I know it says they grow in these regions but I wanted to ask people who have grown them there.
Paul01 on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pawpaws will grow, depending on the variety of course into zone 5. Papaw, Mi is northeast if Chicago and bears the name of the trees that grow in abundance there.
How Tall are these saplings when shipped ?
Sharat M on May 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I believe that information is in the plant description. Usually 18 - 24 inches.
Does it matter which two varieties are planted together for proper pollination?
Rosa B on Sep 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They both need to be grafted varieties and different from one another.
Do Pawpaws tree need prune at first year or every year? How to proct on winter at live 5 B?
yue X on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello - I actually planted 16 paw paw trees in Paw Paw IL (zone 5a) last Spring. We had -30F temperatures for a few days. All of them survived except 2. There was no protection provided but we did have about 1 ft of snow on the ground. That being said, it probably wouldn't be bad to protect them during the winter. I did no pruning whatsoever the first year (last year) nor do I plan to do any pruning this year (2019). Overall, paw paws in general are pretty tough trees that (in my experience) have a good shape and require very little pruning. I've had a seed grown paw paw in zone 5B Chicago for about 10 years in my garden as well.
Do have Pawpaw plant 5-7 feet tall ?
SYED H on Nov 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not sure of the question. I planted a Pennsylvania pawpaw in 2018. It seems healthey and has grown about 6 inches since then. I have other pawpaws planted in 2017 that in 2019 seemed to start putting on height and girth.
Do i have to purchase 2 tree to get fruits?
Patricia F on Nov 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. For proper pollination, plant another grafted pawpaw variety.
hello. How old are these trees when shipped? thx
Jessica T on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are two years old with an advanced root system that is equivalent to a three-year-old tree.
Can you keep pawpaw short via pruning?
Caity on Dec 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have one that lives in a semi shady area that we prune every other year in the dead of Winter and it thrives. Also it has fruit on unpruned branches yearly.
Anyone use a paw paw for a bonsai? Respond to me, if you've tried!
Hunter G on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unless you have a big, deep pot they wouldn't be a good candidate. Pawpaws have deep taproots that are very fragile, growing down 10 inches before they even sprout out of the ground. Most likely not a good bet.
Any idea sensitivity to black walnut and hickory?
emmas on Sep 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pawpaw and hickory trees grow naturally in the wild in complete harmony. Luckily, pawpaws are one of the few trees that are immune to juglone, the toxic substance given off by black walnut trees. So is hickory. You can plant all three together with no worries.
Do deer eat the fruit?
Bill B on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Deer don't seem at all interested in my trees except in the fall when they will
rub their antlers on anything, including my pawpaws. On the other hand, groundhog, squirrels and raccoons are likely to eat the fruit. Harvest as soon as they are ripe or something else will.
What is the root graft for the Pennsylvania Golden Pawpaw trees?
Drew W on Jun 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The graft used is of a pawpaw seedling and the variety is unknown.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I have one Pennsylvania Golden and three that were listed as ???American Pawpaw??? from another vendor before I found Stark Bros. Are these the actually the same variety or will they be all set for pollination?
Shannon M on Apr 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I'm guessing you have two different varieties, and from what I have read, any pawpaw will pollinate any other variety of pawpaw.
How big are these plants when shipped?
Clyde W on Apr 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. These trees are shipped in EZ start pots, which are 2 years of age and range from 1.5-3 feet tall.
What is the genus and species? I already have a Asimina triloba and I am looking for a polinator.
Thomas C on Sep 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is an Asinima triloba as well. If your variety is grafted, it will be a fine pollinator.
Can Paw Paw tree's be grown in containers?
Ray C on Aug 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is one of the few trees that really doesn't grow well in a container; the pot cannot accommodate the size of the root system, which severely hinders the tree's ability to fruit.
can a paw paw tree be planted in full sun?
jack C on Jul 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's not advisable to plant a young pawpaw in full sun. After it's four years old, full sun is OK. Until then, it should be shielded from afternoon sun.
Do you sell the other varieties for pollination also?
Robert B on May 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we carry quite a few. Here is a whole page of them, though many are out of stock because it's so late in the season: :// You can request an email notification when they're back in stock near the top of each variety's page.
I live in a clay belt in Michigan, will the PawPaw tree grow in clay soil?
Cathy L on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Pawpaws are practically native to Michigan and actually grow quite well in clay soil. If it's particularly heavy soil, amend it with some coir planting medium first and plant it in a mount rather than flush with the ground. The fruit is so amazing.
I would like to purchase Paw Paw trees as a gift and want to make sure that they are self pollinating. I will buy two for this purpose. Are your trees self pollinating?
Jim J on Dec 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you were to purchase two of these seedlings, they would pollinate one another: ://

All pawpaw varieties require a pollinator.
How quickly do you need to plant after the EZ start trees arrive?
Rose H on Jul 21, 2020

Customer Reviews

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PA Golden Pawpaw
I loved mine greatly. Unfortunately, so did a few rabbits. This year, there is a deer fence around the young tree to keep the rabbit away from it. If it grows like the first one I bought, I should have about a three to four foot tree by this fall. I've already got some buds on the tree.
May 12, 2016
Great start in SE Minnesota.
My grafted and seedling Paw Paws have now been in the ground in SE Minnesota for a couple of years. All are doing well, and in particular the grafted versions are excelling. I get lots of questions about them.
August 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Super grow
This tree is growing well and fast. Standing at least 8" taller then when planted last year.
May 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Pennsylvania Golden Pawpaw
I have three pawpaws and so far they are growing fine. They have yet to bear, however. They have bloomed for two years but have not had any fruit as of yet. I also have wild pawpaws nearby. The wild ones seldom bear and that was the reason I bought the Golden Pawpaw and the other two varieties. I am hoping they bear soon so I can try the fruit and compare them with the wild ones.
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
Pawpaw only grew on one side but still 5 stars
The reason Stark's Golden Pawpaw gets 5 stars? Stark's completely stood by their product and sent me a very viable replacement.( I purchased 4 Pawpaw s this year and all have grown over a foot tall.) Their are a myriad of variables when caring for a young tree but the take away is Starks painlessly dealt with my problem with great communication and speedy delivery. I'll be as lifetime customer. One may pay a bit more with these guys but the service is worth it.
June 21, 2018
over 3 years ago
Made it through winter in the Twin Cities
I received a PA Golden and a NC1 paw paw. Both made it through the winter and are doing good. The NC1 is about three feet tall (it was about 7" when I transplanted it) already and thrives in full sun. The PA golden struggled a little and the growth leader wilted, but it latter recovered and put on good growth at the end of summer. I will keep the shade shelter over it for another year.
June 4, 2017
over 4 years ago
not much good news thus far
My Pawpaw trees froze to death the past winter but, lo and behold. they both showed up this late Spring. They seem to be alive and well and growing.
They are still small but, they have leafed out and we put wire cages around them for protection from the resident wildlife munchers we have living here on our farm. We also mulched around them to keep down weeds, fertilize as suggested, and always remain on top of watering when weather demands. We hope for the best. Pawpaws are a delicious, very rare treat, unless you're lucky.
June 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Still waiting, but healthy
The tree arrived well-packaged and undamaged. Planted as per the instructions and the tree did well in the intense summer heat (several consecutive 90-100 degree days) as well as cold (down to 10 degrees with deep snow and heavy wind). Still too young to fruit, but they seem to be on track.
May 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
Died after 9 years
I had a Pennsylvania and Mango grafted tree. They were 9 years old and never produced fruit but looked great. In the spring of 2018 they were dead. I have no idea what happened to them since they looked so good in the fall. How they survived so long and then both died over the winter which was not very bad. I was hoping for fruit ibut never got any. I am in zone 4b/5a.
August 22, 2019
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We are very sorry to learn that your pawpaws failed to produce and died unexpectedly. There are a lot of environmental factors linked to the success in growing fruit trees. Feel free to give us a call at 800.325.4180 or send us an email to discuss ways to be successful in the future. Your planting success is important to us!
August 25, 2019
Tabitha R
It died.
Unfortunately, we Pennsylvania Golden pawpaw did not overwinter and has died.
May 20, 2017
over 4 years ago