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Sunflower Pawpaw

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Item #8319, (Grafted) EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Description

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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Related Assortments

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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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Health benefits
MALINDA P on May 9, 2018
The closest thing to a banana that I can grow in my zone Outdoors
Brian P on Mar 26, 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
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
Because my son calls my dad PaPa. And, there a native species of Georgia, where he lives.
Dawn H on Mar 18, 2018
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!
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: All fruit trees benefit from a spray program, and there are a number of natural sprays suited for organic gardening available. Yes, you need another pawpaw variety in order to pollinate this one.
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:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/pawpaw-trees/pawpaw
http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/pawpaw-trees/mango-pawpaw
http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/pawpaw-trees/pennsylvania-golden-pawpaw

Customer Reviews

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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
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
might do better under ideal circumstances
It was instantly attacked by rabbits. After shielding and a year it's barely grown an inch.
May 19, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
1 year ago
very impressed
Plants very healthy doing well not sure how long before fruit
May 17, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Excellent!
Beautiful and healthy tree. Much better than the other variety I purchased for cross pollination.
June 4, 2017
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago