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Triple Play Pawpaw Tree Collection

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Experience one of America’s native “exotic” fruits. If you’ve never eaten a pawpaw, you’re missing a great culinary experience. They practically have a cult following. Pawpaws — large, late-season fruits — taste like creamy banana custard. Our grafted trees mean true-to-parent fruit. Pawpaw even prefer light shade, especially in the afternoon. Proper pollinators are conveniently included so you’ll get an abundance of pawpaw blossoms and fruit.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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.

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
This has a variety of trees for pollination and the cost was great when purchased as a group.
Gerald M on Jan 6, 2019
Nice triple play price. Always heard about PawPaws. Now’s my chance to grow some.
Charles B on Sep 15, 2018
This has a variety of trees for pollination and the cost was great when purchased as a group.
Gerald M on Jan 6, 2019
I know I can trust Starks to have the best trees.
Deborah P on Sep 16, 2018
Nice triple play price. Always heard about PawPaws. Now’s my chance to grow some.
Charles B on Sep 15, 2018
Paw Paws are cool! I'm glad that they are becoming more widely available. This 'triple play' collection looks like a good deal.
Janet S on Aug 27, 2018
I have been interested in pawpaws for a while and an article in American Horticultural Society newsletter prompted me to go ahead and order these. I like the variety available in the collection.
MARTHA M on Oct 8, 2017
I've not had Paw Paws before but am intrigued to have this native fruit, and hardy to zone 4.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I grew up with them and made bread from them.
mark M on Jan 30, 2017
I need 3 deciduous trees to help shade a south facing brick wall from the summer heat without growing too tall to mess up the gutters. Plus I have such fond memories of eating wild pawpaws as a little girl. These should be even better since they make larger fruits with fewer seeds than the wild ones.
Suzanne E on Oct 29, 2016
We're on the northern edge of the native zone for wild paw paws. Hoping to add more in future years, but we'll see how these do first.
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
I want to grow Paw Paws but dont know which variety is best
Tim B on May 4, 2016
I like "different" types of plants and trees, nobody else around here has them
Bradley F on Apr 10, 2016
We currently have a paw paw that doesn't produce fruit. We originally had 2 but one died. The one that live Bloomed for the first time last year. We're hoping these other variety will help pollenate it.
Natalie P on Apr 9, 2016
Dan O on Feb 18, 2016
I know I can trust Starks to have the best trees.
Deborah P on Sep 16, 2018
Paw Paws are cool! I'm glad that they are becoming more widely available. This 'triple play' collection looks like a good deal.
Janet S on Aug 27, 2018
Has anyone had luck growing PawPaw in zone 4?
Ashley W on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The owner of a local flower shop, who also happens to be the individual to design and start the Master Gardener course through the nation's county extension offices, told us recently that paw paws need to be covered for the first two years. He recommended an open pipe of some sort or the cardboard tubes that cement goes in. Not taller than the tree but room for air. The goal is to completely shade them, protect from winds, scalding, etc. We have some rigid 5 inch pipe and he said that would work well. Nothing metal as it will heat up in the sun. I plan to support the tube an inch off the ground to discourage nesting pests and to accurately visualize the soil moisture. We live at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. He told us that paw paws are entirely possible in this cold winter climate. Hope this helps. T.H.
what 3 varieties are included?
Sue C on Aug 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The combination changes from year to year and hasn't yet been determined for Spring 2020. The last time we offered this collection it included Pennsylvania Golden, Sunflower and Mango.
Will I have to plant my paw paw in shade the transplant to sun later?
Mickey on May 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My trees ar somewhat small but I planted mine where they get morning and
early afternoon sunlight with shade late afternoon. Basically they are at the
edge of a group of larger trees. This is their second year and are doin fine. I think with this setup they won’t need to be transplanted in the sun. Really if you think of how they grow in the wild they never are transplanted but flourish. One other thing don’t expect much growth the first year you plant them. The second year they are going crazy with growth.
the pawpa tree I bought is not growing and has it's two leaves being eaten by bugs .I have tried dusting and spay, what do I do?
pawpa on Aug 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stark Bro’s potted trees have a strong root system and can bounce back from losing almost all the leaves, it may just take consistent watering and time to acclimate to its new spot in the garden. I’ve had similar issues with my pawpaws leaf loss, about 1/3-1/2 of the leaves get eaten by some unobserved bug and stunts the trees’ growth. My trees are in their 2nd year and are slowly growing, maybe 15-30 leaves per tree. Each would have twice that if it weren’t for the leaf-eating bug.

I’ve cleared the vegetation within 3’ of the trunk and have mulched heavily to try and limit the hiding places for bugs. Only having 2 leaves may be due to the tree spending its energy on roots. It might look pretty sad its first year. Last year watering every 2-3 days was necessary when it didn’t rain. Now I need to water once a week during dry spells. I’m in zone 5, Midwest Indiana, with highs in the 90’s in July/August. If all the leaves get eaten or fall and you don’t see buds on the small knodes then the tree may have died.

Lastly, I shaded my pawpaws for the first 2 months minimum with stakes and shade cloth. The ones in shade have had the leaf eating problem. The plants in direct sun haven’t had too much of a problem.
Are the fruit susceptible to insects?
James T on Nov 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Paw Paws are not, I bought trees from Stark Bros and one other on line.
Must say Stark Bros trees still going strong
Can they grown under or near black walnut trees which have toxic roots for many other plants?
Victor L on Sep 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Pawpaws are one of the few fruit trees that are immune to juglone, the toxic substance emitted by black walnuts. Fruit trees do not do well under the canopy of larger trees because they need full sun, although young pawpaws benefit from part-shade in the afternoon. It's not advisable long-term to plant pawpaws under other trees.
Are there dwarf Paw Paw trees?
Ruth Ann B on Oct 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have never seen dwarf Pawpaw trees. However, I've never seen them more than fifteen feet high. They grew on the farm where I grew up. They were a fall treat, if could beat the animals to them.The University of Kentucky has experimented with many varieties. They all seemed to be about that size. Last year I ordered the three different varieties from stark. They're about three and a half feet tall a thriving very well now. I can't wait until they begin bearing.
Vic Edwards
Goldbug KY.
Can you can this fruit?
Teresa M on Sep 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Most people remove the pulp and mash it like bananas, then freeze it. Because of is low acid content, it's not an ideal candidate for canning.
Can I cross pollinate a mango paw paw and a Pennsylvania golden paw paw?
Mark S on Sep 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is why these two are part of the collection. We choose trees that will pollinate one another.

Customer Reviews

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Grows like a weed
Grow amazingly well. I ran over one with a mower and Stark offered to replace it, but even that tree has started regrowing. The other two grew to over 6 feet in one year! They seem to attract no pests and require no care. If you seem to have trouble keeping fruit trees alive, consider these pawpaws.
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
excellent trees
These are the only paw paw trees I can find that grow! All the other places I ordered from sent dead sticks. Every tree I've ordered from Stark Bros is alive and well
May 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
paw paw in zone 7b
Got the paw paw triple play collection last year. Trees arrived in good condition. Watered well the first year and mulched with leaf mold. They ate all thriving this year, 8 to 10 inch new growth. Recommend highly.
May 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Triple Play Pawpaw Collection
I received these potted twigs, two sprouted out leaves right away and one never grew at all. But Stark Bro's replaced it at no charge including free shipping. Now I have three happy and healthy Pawpaw trees started, they are growing fast and I can't wait to try my first Pawpaw. But that will be a few more years away. Stark Bro's is a great company and I will order more plants soon..
May 23, 2016
over 4 years ago
First paw-paws that I have ever purchased that have lived!
The triple play paw-paws that I purchased from Stark Bros. are the first that I have
ordered by mail that have ever lived. But, not only have they lived, but two of them had blossoms this spring and one has 2 fruit on it. They are still small but have tripled in size since I bought them last fall.

I am hopeful that one day I will actually have paw-paw growing and thriving in my yard. And, like Thomas Jefferson, I'll soon be calling them my favorite fruits.
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
So Far So Good
The three pawpaw trees arrived late last fall. This spring I was thrilled to see them leaf out well. We have drip with timers on our trees to make sure that they receive good regular water which I'm sure helped. I tried pawpaws once before several years ago without regular water and they did not live.
June 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Arrived in great shape
This will be their first season, but each tree had well developed roots and each is now budding out nicely.
March 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Arrived in good shape
Into 2nd year, all 3 leafing out nicely, 1 1/2 - 2 feet tall. Looking forward to further growth, fruiting might be awhile. Darn it.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
finaly found pawpaw
they were very slow to green up but are coming on strong huge leaves look healthy quite happy
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
paw paw trio
The three paw paw trees I purchased are thriving, and doing very well. Very happy with my purchase. I would buy from Stark again. I highly recommend Stark Bros.they have excellent quality trees.
May 28, 2016
over 4 years ago