Prolific Pawpaw

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Grow abundant crops of sweet, unique fruit. Fruit is medium-large in size with a light, tropical taste. Tree performs well in partial shade. Enjoy golden fall leaf-color in the landscape. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety nearby.

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Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tasty
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.


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

Estimated Delivery Date

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Prolific sounded good and had a 5 star rating.
Barbara D on Aug 11, 2020
Trying to grow this tree in Southern California
Jason H on Jun 27, 2020
Prolific sounded good and had a 5 star rating.
Barbara D on Aug 11, 2020
William F on Jul 30, 2020
Trying to grow this tree in Southern California
Jason H on Jun 27, 2020
supposed to grow well in my zone
packrat1 on Jun 25, 2020
I purchased 4 paw-paws from another supplier last year who did not tell me there were other varieties or that they required a pollinator of a different variety. Thank you for the valuable information. I will be sure to come back.
Stacey J on Jun 17, 2020
Restoration of native trees
Ron B on Jun 3, 2020
I wanted it
CHARLES S on Jun 2, 2020
To companion a Wells paw-paw I just planted.
Karla H on May 22, 2020
Something new.
Joshoua T on May 15, 2020
needed a cross pollinator for a Wells pawpaw that I have already
Pamela on May 2, 2020
Jarrett B on Apr 29, 2020
to add to my paw paw collection
CYNTHIA W on Jan 19, 2020
Appears to be fast growing and abundant producer
David M on Jan 18, 2020
I have 4 other varieties of Paw Paws\ trees...didnt have this variety
Harlie R on Dec 24, 2019
Looking forward to successfully growing one of these!
JAMES Y on Dec 15, 2019
Size and will work in semi shade environment i.e. food forrest. From other sources, pawpaws have full range of amino acids for protein building, are native species, are relatively disease and insect resistant
Sandra C on Nov 16, 2019
Will grow in partial shade, I have a nice hillside for planting, seems to be mildly flavored,
tom on Oct 23, 2019
Size for my yard
JAN M on Oct 6, 2019
OK for my area and decent price
Phillip M on Sep 9, 2019
Needed a pollinator.
Diane E on Sep 3, 2019
Needed something in my growing food forest that is not normally on the store shelves, or in people's yard. Looking forward to learn about them as they grow.
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
Wanted to have my own Pawpaw trees
Todd R on Aug 12, 2019
Paw Paws are great!
DANIEL L on Jun 23, 2019
Great taste
James M on Jun 22, 2019
Zone 4
EUGENE M on Feb 4, 2019
Sounded good and had location under redwood trees; it's 2 years now and thriving in zone 9b
NANCY J on Oct 8, 2016
Recommended cultivar in a short course I took on orchard trees.
Margaret M on Mar 28, 2016
William F on Jul 30, 2020
supposed to grow well in my zone
packrat1 on Jun 25, 2020
Are the Pawpaw trees fast growing?
Aline E on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No they take their time.
Where are they being grown pre shipment?
Chloe S on Nov 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Typically these are grown here in the Midwest in a green house.
could paw paw trees grow in clay soil?
Kristin B on Aug 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Highly unlikely I would amend your soil. The best way to improve clay soils is to mix organic materials thoroughly with existing soil, explained Brewer. Bark, sawdust, manure, leaf mold, compost and peat moss are among the organic amendments commonly used to improve clay soil

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old and tall are pawpaw trees?
Sean C on Nov 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon the size option you choose, but they range from 2' to 5' tall, depending upon what we have available when they're back in stock. The trees are two years old.

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful trees!!!
Both pawpaws are growing like crazy, we love them!!! Just ordered several other trees, almond, peach and two apple!!! Every tree we have received have grown perfectly!!! Could not be more pleased!!!
May 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
One died ones thriving
Ordered two and one is about three feet now and leafing already this year. The other never came back. I'm happy the one isdoing so well I just hope there's a wild one somewhere close by to pollonate it.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
I got this and sunflower pawpaw. Sadly the first sunflower didn't make it and its replacement is a couple weeks behind the prolific in terms of leafing out.
May 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
Top quality
Stark provides a high quality tree. Very pleased. Was well protected in shipping. Arrived at the appropriate time in great condition.
May 3, 2019
over 3 years ago