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Potomac® Pawpaw

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Description

A special late-summer treat. Rich, sweet, melting fruit is similar to a cherimoya, but more flavorful and much larger: Potomac® pawpaws often weigh 12 ounces or more apiece. The medium-yellow fruit is packed with minerals and micronutrients, but is low in calories. Enjoy the fruit fresh, or purée it and freeze for later use. Not suitable for dehydrating; seeds can be harmful if eaten. The tree has a pleasing upright growth habit and attracts butterflies and songbirds. Cold-hardy, deer-resistant, disease- and pest-resistant. This Peterson variety prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade in the afternoon. Ripens in September-October. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another grafted variety nearby.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Moist
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Rich
Texture Smooth, Firm.
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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.

Pollination

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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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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It is said to attract butterflies, and it has sweet firm fruit.
Joli M on Aug 17, 2020
It looks cool and it's different
Tristen C on May 11, 2020
It is said to attract butterflies, and it has sweet firm fruit.
Joli M on Aug 17, 2020
New variety taylored for consumers with good results.
KRAIG K on Jul 1, 2020
It looks cool and it's different
Tristen C on May 11, 2020
I’ve been wanting pawpaws for a long time, but I had a hard time finding a variety that would best suit my area. This variety is great for my area. The prices of these were perfect for my budget and I was so happy that they are grafted. An excellent project for someone who is replanting native trees while in quarantine.
Allison R on May 8, 2020
Size and price
Hanh R on Mar 29, 2020
Neil Peterson variety. His pawpaws are well recommended.
Felicia P on Mar 25, 2020
Chosen for flavor
David M on Jan 18, 2020
New variety taylored for consumers with good results.
KRAIG K on Jul 1, 2020
I’ve been wanting pawpaws for a long time, but I had a hard time finding a variety that would best suit my area. This variety is great for my area. The prices of these were perfect for my budget and I was so happy that they are grafted. An excellent project for someone who is replanting native trees while in quarantine.
Allison R on May 8, 2020
I live in zone 9a and am looking for pawpaws, what would you recommend?
Arturo O on Nov 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. At this time, we do not have a variety hardy in zone 9 available.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can the Potomac Pawpaw tree grow well in a container? I have a very small backyard with existing trees so hoping to place it on my patio in a container instead of planting it in the earth.
Lisa M on Feb 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes. You can grow any Pawpaw tree in a container.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Have a thicket of paw paws. Need pollinator. What variety.?
ANTHONY K on Aug 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Paw paws are easy to pollinate as they can use any other variety for this purpose as long as you have 2 separate varieties they will bare fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can I fertilize my paw paws with goat manure, is it the right balance?
Renee on Aug 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Sheep and goats are great for keeping grass and brush down in pawpaw orchards and patches. They also leave behind fertility in the form of urine and manure to help fertilize the nitrogen hungry pawpaw trees.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What rootstock are these grafted to?
Robert G on May 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are grafted from a pawpaw seedling.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

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