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Susquehanna® Pawpaw

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Description

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The largest Peterson pawpaw with the fewest seeds. Fruits frequently weigh more than a pound and have a thicker skin than other pawpaws, making them less prone to bruising. Seed volume by weight is just 3% of the fruit. This variety is super-sweet, with a firm, buttery texture and very rich, intense pawpaw flavor that’s like no other fruit. Moderate to good yields, which can be improved by proper pruning. Tolerant of afternoon shade and is cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another grafted variety nearby. May be covered by USPP #15,900 or other patents. ‘Levfiv’ cultivar.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Purple
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Rich
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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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 - 20' tall x 15 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 20' 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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We have some very seedy wild pawpaws around us and I saw the 5 star review of this one. Gotta give it a try.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 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
We have some very seedy wild pawpaws around us and I saw the 5 star review of this one. Gotta give it a try.
Rhonda H on Jul 8, 2020
we wanted more fruit and less seeds. we have never had the pawpaw fruit before, and will have to wait a few years to try it.
Shawn J on Jul 5, 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
My Uncle Mike used to eat these in East Tennessee when he was young. He never could find them after he moved to Florida.. I researched them and found out that you all sell them..
SHARON C on Jun 24, 2020
because the name Susquehanna is freakin awesome
hon c on Feb 18, 2020
I have a shady spot where it's hard to grow anything....paw paw are shade loving
David B on Feb 16, 2020
Always wanted to try paw paws
Pamela K on Feb 4, 2020
I chose this variety because, it prefers full sunlight, and figured would grow faster when it would not have competition from other trees.
michael s on Jan 10, 2020
we wanted more fruit and less seeds. we have never had the pawpaw fruit before, and will have to wait a few years to try it.
Shawn J on Jul 5, 2020
My Uncle Mike used to eat these in East Tennessee when he was young. He never could find them after he moved to Florida.. I researched them and found out that you all sell them..
SHARON C on Jun 24, 2020
What type of lighting requirement does this tree , as supplied, need? I know that pawpaw trees I. Their first few years of life need shade.
Andrew E on Jan 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Young pawpaw trees can be sensitive to full sunlight and require filtered sun for the first year or two. Once established, pawpaw trees produce the most fruit when grown in full sun. The solution here is to build a temporary shade cloth structure over young trees and remove it once they are older and established (you can tell once they start blooming that they're ready to fruit!) so that they can take advantage of the full sun exposure.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I'm a Beekeeper. Do bees like this type tree?
Lisa R on Jan 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Pollination is by flies not bees. Putting something rotten in my orchard helped my yield. The blossoms smell like rotten meat.
This works for me
Can I grow this on my patio or even can I grow this inside my house if I have a grow light I absolutely love this tree I found one recently near me and I just fell in love with it last year I saw the actual fruit got a couple of those then I just really got into it and I would love to have one and I live in an apartment I have a patio it???s mostly morning sun and then inside my house I could use a grow light ?
Mary H on Jul 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
What is the best time to plant? Your site says it will deliver it in October, but that can't be right. We can have snow by then!
Renee L on Jun 6, 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.

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

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I planted 4 different PawPaws!
I highly recommend Stark Bros for Pawpaw trees. I live in Zone 5 (New England) and recently planted 4 pawpaw sapling avg height 2.5ft. In only 2 months my Susquehanna Pawpaw has already added a foot in height! I will update with next years spring growth
June 15, 2020
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