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Description

Grow your own pawpaw orchard. These cold-hardy varieties ripen at different times, ranging from September to October. Pollination requirements are covered. Each collection contains two grafted pawpaw trees.

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
I have not had much luck with these for several years and this is my last chance.
KhongLo on May 10, 2020
Because I wanted a native North American fruit and the September - October ripening date range is a bonus. Not sure if I'll like the banana custard flavor of the ripe fruit. I've picked them wild in my area and they a like a mild faint barely there banana taste, a very clean taste.
John Andrew G on Apr 27, 2020
I have not had much luck with these for several years and this is my last chance.
KhongLo on May 10, 2020
They have the cross pollination that is needed.
Jerome H on Apr 28, 2020
Because I wanted a native North American fruit and the September - October ripening date range is a bonus. Not sure if I'll like the banana custard flavor of the ripe fruit. I've picked them wild in my area and they a like a mild faint barely there banana taste, a very clean taste.
John Andrew G on Apr 27, 2020
pawpaws are wonderful and underappreciated outside maybe KY, STL needs pawpaws!
Paul G on Apr 22, 2020
I have lots of fruit trees but no pawpaw. Looking forward to trying for first time.
Stephen C on Apr 15, 2020
Been wanting to plant these for some time now and they are cheaper as a pair
Elisabeth M on Apr 10, 2020
I have wanted to try to grow paw paws. This collection sounded right. plus Stark brothers has never failed me. Their customer service is great.They offer help with growing trees.
Cathy S on Apr 7, 2020
Grew up with pawpaws and have always wanted to plant them.
Debra H on Apr 2, 2020
We have some damp land that we thought would be natural for paw paw, and you need two trees, so this fit the bill.
Karen A on Mar 31, 2020
Size and price
Hanh R on Mar 29, 2020
I have always wanted to grow paw paws. These pollinate each other and sound very healthy, tasty and easy to grow. Being native but now uncommon or rare, I am hoping to share with the community and renew interest in paw paws.
Brian T on Mar 29, 2020
well suited to work together
VANESSA C on Mar 23, 2020
To replace one that I lost in my orchard
Suzanne V F on Mar 18, 2020
Just try something new
Xiaohua C on Mar 17, 2020
I have Paw paws now and are still hopeful for fruit.
RENEE L on Mar 13, 2020
These seem to be just right for me here in Wisconsin,yippee cant wait for some paw paws !
ROGER V on Mar 2, 2020
they were out of the ones I really wanted. Seemed a good alternate chose so as to not lose a whole year to start a pawpaw grove
Sandra R on Mar 1, 2020
We have been getting fruit for my other three pawpaw trees when I hand pollinate them with a paintbrush or a piece of frayed mulch, and they are such a treat! Love these native gems!
Ken and Sarah D on Feb 27, 2020
need 2 different types to pollinate and they have different harvest dates
janet m s on Feb 20, 2020
Perennial fruit bearing native items for human or wildlife consumption
Jan G on Feb 19, 2020
so I could have the necessary pollinators
hon c on Feb 18, 2020
Looks interesting, and I have a stream bank to plant them at.
James A on Feb 16, 2020
like a variety for cross pollination
Steve W on Feb 14, 2020
I???ve been wanting to plant them for close to 10 years
Adrian W on Jan 13, 2020
Ordered these two pawpaw types last year and the plants are doing will in Dallas, Texas. Someday I hope to taste a pawpaw.
Harry M on Jan 1, 2020
I need polinators
Brian T on Jan 1, 2020
Because my son has wanted a paw paw tree for a long time.
Marilyn T on Dec 11, 2019
I first learned of pawpaws for nature Merit Badge in 1969. After 35 years in the horticulture industry, I relearned to identify pawpaw this year, and got my first taste in September. I want to share with my friends.
Ralph S on Oct 29, 2017
Read and saw many great reviews on these trees especially their health benefits... so thought I???d give them a try
New User U on Oct 9, 2017
This is the best value for Paw Paws
Albert A on Sep 29, 2017
I've been wanting to get pawpaws for years. This is a collection of different trees that take care of cross pollination
Heinz W on Sep 11, 2017
I love pawpaws. They are my favorite fruit. Love the sweet taste.
Sandra S on Mar 2, 2017
Variety of grafted trees to ensure fruit
AMRIE D on Nov 12, 2016
We have some wild PawPaw trees in our woods, but don't seem to have many fruits. We wanted to place some in a semi-shaded area of the back yard and love the idea they are the state fruit of Ohio and a native species. The taste varies from variety to variety so we liked trying more than one and also for cross pollination.
Andrew M on Oct 2, 2016
Because pawpaws are freaking awesome.
Brian C on May 4, 2016
Excited about indigenous fruits. Tried for years to find trees near home but was unsuccessful. Thank you.
Eve T on Apr 26, 2016
Never had them, want to try one.
Cole G on Apr 10, 2016
I have wanted to grow pawpaw all my life and understand they do well in my area.
Clay M on Mar 21, 2016
They have the cross pollination that is needed.
Jerome H on Apr 28, 2020
pawpaws are wonderful and underappreciated outside maybe KY, STL needs pawpaws!
Paul G on Apr 22, 2020
My pawpaw trees bloom and set fruit but then they turn almost like a blithe and fall off without giving any fruit, I???m stumped anyone have a answer???
Douglas D on Jan 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: How thick are the trees? What kind of food do you give on the roots? I feed my pap-paws with the food that my dogs deliver every day, because this is BIO food. These Paw-paws need a lot of Food.
How would these do in dappled sunlight?
Jessica B on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Although I have only had my paw paws for one season, everything that I have learned about them, reveals that they will do well in dappled sunlight. In the natural environment in the deciduous forests of southern IL, they are an understory native. That said, I suspect they will produce more, if the sunlight is more prevalent, than less. Enjoy! Paw Paws are DELICIOUS!
It states l will not haver my Paw Paw tree collection until July 3rd. They are small trees and that is a very hot time of the year in this zone. Trees are usually planted in early spring or fall in this area, so why would l be getting these so late? Makes me reluctant to order.
Myra Longworth
Moscow, Ohio
SW Ohio
I in
Myra L on Apr 16, 2020
Can I get trees delivered later?Like early summer instead of spring. It's always to cold and wet here to plant in April.
Daniel H on Mar 23, 2020
What is the best way to encourage pollinators to visit this type of tree?
Lou F on Feb 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are few pollinators that are dependable. The best bet is to take an art paintbrush an paint the loose flowers onto the solid flowers. It must be between unique tree varietals. Also, when the flowers start to loosen up and become powdery, ants seem to steal the pollen. I would use double stick take around the bark of the true about 1' up from the ground.

Some people recommend using dead animal carcasses in order to attract flies, which are the common pollinator. I prefer a paintbrush!
Is this a 4in1 or 4 separate trees?
Jared N on Sep 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Four separate trees. Good for cross-pollination. Pawpaws need part shade when young. And good drainage too. I lost a few to over-watering. Good luck.
Can you ship to uk ?
Swift H on Apr 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.
how old are the paw paw trees you ship?
Mark A on Mar 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. The Pawpaws are 2 years of age at shipping.
Where can I get a paw paw to taste one?
Elaine G on Mar 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for reaching out to us! I am uncertain who sells these fruits, I would check with the local farmers market they may have them available or be able to point you in the right direction.
Is it OK to plant these pawpaws in the spring? I live in Middle Tennessee. Will these two varieties both do well in full sun?
Jim M on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. 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.
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.

Check out our Growing Guide for everything you need to get know to be successful.
//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/how-to-grow/fruit-trees/pawpaw-trees

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what size are these trees when shipped?
Phyllis J on Feb 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. When shipped, they are about 1?? - 3' tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
are these potted or bare root trees?
John W on Jan 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our pawpaw's are grown and shipped in containers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
are these potted or bare root trees?
John W on Jan 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our pawpaw's are grown and shipped in containers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are trees when they ship?
Heather S on Sep 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are two years old.
Are paw paws supposed to grow in clusters, or do I need to thin them like the apples and peaches?
Diane K on Jul 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they do grow in clusters. Thinning is really up to you; if you thin the fruit, what's left will be larger. Thinning is not necessary, however, as it is for peaches, etc.
What is an advanced root system, is it the same as bare root?
KC C on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Some of our fruit trees, nut trees, and landscape trees are grown in 4"x4"x10" Stark?? EZ Start?? pots. The bottomless design of these pots encourages trees to grow their roots down to the bottom of the pot where the roots are naturally air-pruned. This process forces more feeder roots to grow within the pot, creating a dense, more established (advanced)root system that naturally supports newly transplanted trees. The main benefit is better establishment after planting ??? and that means improved growth and development! A bare-root tree refers to the way the plant it shipped; it is not planted in a pot; the roots are "bare," meaning without soil. You can read more about bare-root trees and how to handle them here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-plant-a-bare-root-tree
How big does this tree get?
Eon G on Apr 5, 2020
Why are these trees grafted? Malling rootstock? Disease issues?
Debra W on Apr 1, 2020
does the tree have flowering buds?
Gwen D on Mar 27, 2020
Will these paw paws bear fruit this year?
Atorok1 on Mar 19, 2020

Customer Reviews

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A bit slow to take off but doing fine now
This collection seemed a bit small when they arrived and, although they leafed out, seemed to just "sit there" during the first year. This year, however, all four seem to be doing fine and I expect they will begin to grow more rapidly. One is slightly larger than the others and actually had two flowers on it but they could not be pollinated so dropped off. I would buy this collection again but would try to get Stark to send me slightly larger plants even if that cost extra.

I am located in Southwest Virginia near Marion at 2,542'. We do not have native pawpaws right here (in the past?) but they grow wild about 75 mile SW of us. Our temperatures sometimes drop to -10 briefly, we have some snow, and rainfall is usually pretty good. I would love to talk via email with other pawpaw growers in my area. Bob McKinney
May 24, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Pollinating Pawpaws
The first two trees I bought are now about five years old. They bloomed the second year but never had any fruit set, which is common because few insects pollinate them. This year, I pollinated them myself and they have several pawpaws on them. The third tree I bought is taller than any but it has never even bloomed. I trimmed it late last winter so it may bloom next spring. The newest collection I bought are alive but they are still very small. It will take at least two or three more years for them to be big enough to have fruit. I have wild pawpaws also on my property but like the domestic ones they rarely had fruit. Last fall, I bought two dozen wild trees and planted them. I hope to have a large crop someday. Pollinate pawpaws by using a tiny paintbrush. Go on line to find out how. You will have fruit then.
August 20, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
These are slow-growing trees, so we are still waiting for them to get bigger and productive, but they arrived healthy and have survived two super cold St. Louis winters so far and are still growing taller and are super healthy
May 17, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Paw-Paw Collection
This collection arrived promptly and I planted the trees immediately after receiving them in the fall. They leafed out very quickly in the spring and are growing at a very good pace. I was surprised at how quickly they have grown because other paw-paw plants I have took several year to grow. They are too young to produce blooms yet but if their growth continues at this pace I wouldn't be surprised if they bloom in just 2 years. I would definitely recommend this collection.
July 1, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Very nice product
I receive a lot of trees by mail order, and the experience and product from Stark Bros were exceptionally good. The roots were well developed, the packaging was amazing and the products were good sized for the price. I would be very happy to do more business with this company.
December 23, 2019
Great Little Trees!
We were looking for native fruit trees that are resistant to disease and discovered the Pawpaw. Out of our four trees two did great and two died (but were replaced by Stark Bros. Yay!) The replacement trees are doing well and the two original trees are growing like crazy. They have to be coddled a bit at first, if planted in a hot and sunny location they must be shaded to keep the leaves from burning while they are still establishing. We haven't gotten any flowers or fruit yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for next year.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
I would recommend these trees for sure. They are a neat addition to other fruit trees. Stark Bros was very friendly, helpful, and professional about there products and stood behind their warranty. I will definitely recommend this company to friends and family!
May 21, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Going strong
Purchased to help cross pollinate with current trees that weren't producing well. They are still thriving and we hope to have future produce.
May 9, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Only 2 paw paw survived
The mango paw paw did not survive. I've only been able to save the custard and the prolific paw paw, I think. The tags blew off and I'm strictly going by memory on which is which. They are still very small, but the survivors are hanging tough.
May 31, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Perfect indeed
We have wanted paw paw trees for years. We have tried growing trees from other company's and they weren't as hearty as these trees. Thanks to Stark Bros, we have beautiful paw paws growing in our yard and in a few years we will have fruit as well. These trees are incredibly healthy and strong.
May 4, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago