Sunflower Pawpaw

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Delicious 3-6" fruits. This reliable and productive variety offers pawpaws with greenish yellow skin, buttery flesh and only a few seeds. Fruit has a creamy, banana custard flavor and carries a good dose of vitamins, minerals and protein. Tree bears in just 2-3 years! Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September to early October. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another grafted pawpaw variety nearby.

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Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest September To October
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Banana-like
Texture Creamy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have been researching pawpaws. This is recommended.
Susan S on Feb 28, 2021
I always wanted a cold-hardy paw-paw that I can grow in MN.
Craig R on Feb 6, 2021
Have been researching pawpaws. This is recommended.
Susan S on Feb 28, 2021
Need cross-pollinator
mike n on Feb 17, 2021
I always wanted a cold-hardy paw-paw that I can grow in MN.
Craig R on Feb 6, 2021
was good for my climate zone
Chris L on Jan 25, 2021
i have a Mango Paw Paw that I nursed for years after deer broke it off. It is about 14 feet tall now, beautifully shaped and healthy and finally bloomed after 10 years - and I didn't have a pollinator for it. The Sunflower Paw Paw is an acceptable pollinator and can produce fruit in a couple of years hoping to see fruit in my lifetime yet!
Susan V on Aug 10, 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
Pollinator for the Mango Pawpaw and supposed to taste like Banana. Im in Wisconsin, so we cant grow much for tropical fruits here.
Josie M on Jun 26, 2020
Because it pairs well with the other pawpaw
shelley s on May 28, 2020
I grew up eating wild paw paws in the Sunflower state (Kansas)... they are nowhere to be seen these days, and that makes me sad. So I decided to buy a pair.
Kristy D on May 11, 2020
I heard about how wonderful Pawpaw taste and wanted something different
Kathy on Apr 17, 2020
For an assorted variety
David M on Jan 18, 2020
No one else grows this
Brian T on Jan 1, 2020
Read about it in Lee Reich's book, "Uncommon Fruits Worthy Of Attention".
Jo M on Oct 22, 2019
unique, native fruit
Michelle M on Oct 21, 2019
Reviews were good
Byron M on Oct 15, 2019
I'm trying a new and unknown fruit to me, so this is an adventure. We will see.
Michael H on Sep 8, 2019
Need the diversity of my pawpaw trees among the others in my growing food forest!! Cant wait!
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
This pawpaw was chosen because of its earlier bearing quality as compared to other pawpaws.
danleep11 on Aug 21, 2019
Good reviews online
joseph T on Jul 21, 2019
It was available, it fruited in a relatively short time, it was good for eating fresh, and it tastes like banana custard.
Steven O on Jul 2, 2019
looking for different, low maintenance , good tasting fruit trees
Russell B on Jun 23, 2019
add to our biodiversity
Justin T on Feb 24, 2019
I have a Pennsylvania paw paw and this will pollinate it.
Regi T on Feb 6, 2019
Zone 4
EUGENE M on Feb 4, 2019
Advertises good protein and minerals, looking to grow some native plants
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
Variety has performed well in research trials at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center.
Martha S on Sep 16, 2018
Health benefits
MALINDA P on May 9, 2018
We know they are native to our area put haven't found any on our farm... we bought two types.
Robin d on Apr 29, 2018
The closest thing to a banana that I can grow in my zone Outdoors
Brian P on Mar 26, 2018
Because my son calls my dad PaPa. And, there a native species of Georgia, where he lives.
Dawn H on Mar 18, 2018
good rating from a taste test study from KY
Mollie L on Mar 6, 2017
For years I have been curious about the taste of pawpaw fruit. It is not sold in groceries stores. I can't find them at Farmers' Markets. I read they taste like banana custard. I decided to grow them for the novelty and the delicious taste of the fruit.
ANNETTE R on May 19, 2016
Want to try a new fruit.
Jacqueline L S on Apr 26, 2016
I have always wanted to grow pawpaw trees. To date I have been unsuccessful! Hopefully, the established root system on the two pawpaw trees we have purchased will make my wish a reality!
STEPHEN AND DONNA K on Mar 25, 2016
Setting up our orchard and we have bee hives so it helps feed our bees. I also remember pawpaws growing wild when I was a child.
Susan C on Mar 15, 2016
Need cross-pollinator
mike n on Feb 17, 2021
was good for my climate zone
Chris L on Jan 25, 2021
I have read that the pawpaw fruit contains Annonacin, which is a neurotoxin. Is this only in certain varieties? Is it only a problem in large quantities? I was reading up on how to plant them as I just bought two trees, and now I'm concerned.... I am assuming you'd have to ingest in immense quantities so encounter a problem but I thought I should check.
Catherine K on Oct 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Annonacin is safe. The study referenced by wikipedia came to a spurious conclusion present on wikipedia that has been debunked by an in depth analysis by Kentucky State University (available for free online-very informative and great information). It turns out that extremely small and probably statistically insignificant population would have, according to extrapolation outward to the entire rest of the world, probably had a genetic predisposition towards developing neural degeneration mimmicking "progressive parkinson's." Anyways, like most natural substances used by plants to ward off insects and microbes, Annonacin is probably best in moderation, but I know of a lot of people who drink the leaves of soursop in teas and I eat soursops or cherimoyas ONE AFTER ANOTHER and I always feel great for days. There is ZERO risk of any poisoning from touch, and since I cannot comment on the LDL, I will say that many people are fine after drinking a cup of tea with ten leaves boiled in it. The concentration might be higher in the bark and roots, but probably not by that much. It is MORE than safe to exist around, don't worry, and extremely healthy to consume. Good luck and grow more paw paws and other Annonas and fruit trees as well!
How late in the year can pawpaws be planted?
David B on Oct 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I live in TN and planted my Sunflower Pawpaw in April so I'm not sure about how late in the year you can plant them. To get good information regarding Pawpaws, go to KY State University's website,, where you can look up virtually anything pertaining to Pawpaws. I even sent them a photo last year when one of my trees wasn't fairing too well and they responded pretty quickly with a solution.

One thing I did learn on my own, however, is that Pawpaws like moist soil, but not too wet. If you have an area in your yard where moss grows, that would be a perfect place to plant them.

Good luck and enjoy!
Does this tree require a spray program to produce fruit an do you need two trees to pollinate?
Rex A on Mar 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No Spray is needed. Nothing bothers them. My dad was friends with Corwin Davis, the gentleman that developed the Davis variety. He so loved the fruit and the virtues of it and he always bragged how it never needed to be sprayed like all other fruit!!
is paw paw better to plant in fall, or wait till spring?
mira J on Sep 18, 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.
Stark Brothers sells grafted Pawpaw trees. Last year one of my trees produced a root sucker which I removed from the parent tree and potted successfully. Now I am wondering whether it is worth planting since I do not know what variety of Pawpaw that Stark Brothers graft onto. Any suggestion?
Joseph V on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Leave it if you don???t have to use the space. You might get a surprise. If you are short on space I would replant with a know quantity. Im sure stark Bros will know what root stock they use, I???m not 100% certain but I think sometimes trees are grafted onto a root stock that isn???t even the same species (Apple on peach root stock etc)
Can pawpaw fruit withstand a bit of frost? The description says the fruit will ripen around late September to early October, it is not uncommon for our region to see light frost and even a hard frost during that time. I would prefer the fruit to ripen on the tree, will that be possible with looming frosts?
Taylor V on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They need frost naturally to blet and become ripe. In fact wild animals won't eat them normally until a frost.
Have you ever heard of anybody growing pawpaws in Arizona? We are at about 5000 feet elevation.
Martin F on Oct 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will depend on the rain fall amounts. I like in their native habitat and have found them growing wild and they like sandy acid soil beside creek and river banks that drain quickly with easy access to water in the water table (why you find them near river banks) in dappled sun - shade.

So if you have sufficient water table they'll be fine otherwise you need to water and for an adult tree that could be a lot. Does the water from the mountain drain through a gully where the tree would be planted? That would be the best place to attempt to plant them.
Can you grow papa with walnuts?
Barny on Sep 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Walnuts exude a toxin through their roots which has an allelopathic effect on any other crops growing in the vicinity. I am not aware that pawpaw is exempt from that effect.
Why are these pawpaw trees not compatible with my zone? We have native bearing wild ..pawpaw growing locally.
Joey l on Nov 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I am unsure as to why they are not compatible as I do not know where your located but typically it has to do with chill hours and the summer temperatures. Just because you have wild ones growing does not mean that a grafted variety can survive. However you are always welcome to try this variety as we do offer a warranty on all plants and trees.
Does this paw paw stink? I heard it can smell like Bananas or rotten meat
Kimberly L on Jun 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Very faint ripe bananas are the smell of the ripe fruit and that don't stink to most people although I personally don't like the smell of over ripe bananas it is not a bad smell.

The rotten meat smell is only on the maroon flowers and you really have to stick your nose in the flower to even get a faint idea of the smell so you're unlikely to notice those flowers smell when they bloom. Ginko trees have much more overpowering unpleasant smells.
Is this non-GMO?
Jo P on Jan 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our plants and trees are all NON-GMO.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can I use 2 of sunflower paw paw to pollinate each, or do I have to use another verity tp pollinate?
mira J on Jun 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another grafted variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
How old are the paw paw trees shipped?
Dana H on Apr 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are two years old.
I read that the sunflower paw paw was self pollinating. Is this correct?
Natalie G on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. I'm afraid that's not correct. The Sunflower pawpaw requires a pollinator. We recommend any one of these three because of the similar bloom times:

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Maybe not really zone 4?
I live in zone 4, in maine . And it didn't really do well and didn't come back this spring. I researched where to put it and kept a close eye on it all summer but it still didn't survive our winter
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
Nice low maintenance tree
I bought my paw paw in 2015. This is the first spring with enough flowers that I might get fruit. I have had to do very little pruning and it is an attractive tree. I am looking forward to fruit
May 3, 2018
over 4 years ago
Doing okay
My PawPaw tree is doing okay. It was very small, which I knew it would be. I am hoping to see significant growth this year and will revisit the website. we received the shipment quickly and the plant was in very good shape when received.
June 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Early bloomer
On her first birthday, she put forth one flower, hopefully helping to cross-pollinate our other pawpaw that's been very lonely.
May 9, 2017
over 5 years ago
plant quality
the paw paw was in good condition when it arrived and care was taken
in preparation for shipment. Stark gave it the best chance for success.
March 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
Sunflower Pawpaw
My tree survived the winter and looks fine. The leaves are just starting to come out now, today is May 6th. I wish pawpaw trees were fast growing. In a few short years though, I hope to get fruit!
May 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
Doing great
This is the first season for it..I got it last fall so far its doing great..surprisingly it had two blooms which didn't last long..
June 3, 2018
over 3 years ago
Tree Left a Paw on Me
The tree came very healthy. I planted almost year ago from the date of this post. My tree is growing wonderful leaves, but I'm waiting for flowers to cross pollinate with another Paw Paw tree I have planted next to it. I'm expecting flowers to start growing in about another year. I hope so because I'm ready to taste the fruits of my labor.
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
very impressed
Plants very healthy doing well not sure how long before fruit
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
nice plant
the Pawpaws that i was sent were very nice plants. the place that i had to plant them is not the best for this type of plant and the winter was very hard, but they are just starting to come on and i set them up to fail. but i really wanted them.
stark sends the best plants with the best chance to do well.

if you want a Pawpaw get it from Stark
May 6, 2019