Wells Pawpaw

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Delectably fruity, banana-like flavor. Pyramid-shaped tree provides ornamental beauty with unique dark-purple flowers in spring and tropical-looking foliage through fall. Fruit has green skin with a slightly orange flesh and a creamy custard texture. High in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Tree prefers partial shade, but a warm, sunny location is ideal for ripening fruit in cooler regions. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Grafted. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety.

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

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
To replace a pawpaw that was accidentally killed and cross-pollinate another pawpaw already have
Polly C on Nov 21, 2020
I had o e while on vacation and it was incredible. I needed one for my own backyard garden
Lead F on Oct 21, 2020
To replace a pawpaw that was accidentally killed and cross-pollinate another pawpaw already have
Polly C on Nov 21, 2020
Needed a second variety of Paw Paw for correct pollination of my first tree for fruit to set
Rebecca S on Oct 22, 2020
I had o e while on vacation and it was incredible. I needed one for my own backyard garden
Lead F on Oct 21, 2020
love my stark paw paws and i don't have this variety
Patrick C on Oct 18, 2020
Trying Pawpaws for the first time
Kenneth B on Oct 16, 2020
neede for cross fertilization
packrat1 on Jun 25, 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 you didn't have the one I wanted
CHARLES S on Jun 2, 2020
Something new.
Joshoua T on May 15, 2020
I have 4 other varieties of Paw Paw trees... didnt have this variety
Harlie R on Dec 24, 2019
Seems to have good flesh to seed ratio. It 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
Was described as growing well in partial shade.
Trixie on Oct 25, 2019
I wanted a good variety of pawpaw to begin my small orchard. I have seeds to grow a pollinator.
Scott B on Oct 22, 2019
Good reviews, needed a 2nd tree for pollination
JAN M on Oct 6, 2019
Nostaligia - Look for the Bare Necessities Lyrics...did not know a Pawpaw was real;-)
Randall W on Sep 24, 2019
Just one of five pawpaw trees I purchased today have to wait a little bit (mid Oct) until ready for shipping. Will definitely be worth it I'm sure.
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
This pawpaw was chosen because of its earlier bearing quality.
danleep11 on Aug 21, 2019
Zone 4
EUGENE M on Feb 4, 2019
will grow well here
VITALI D on Jan 22, 2019
I only have one grafted pawpaw tree and it's too young to bear. Adding this grafted tree will make even more pawpaws when it matures. This is my tenth tree.
DAVID F on Oct 14, 2018
Later blooming variety.
William C on Jul 24, 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
Win-win beautiful fall tree, produces delicious fruit, and distracts deer from eating ginseng berries in fall.
john g on May 18, 2017
We have four different varieties of Pawpaw in my backyard and Wells Pawpaw is my mother's favorite, so I am ordering her a tree of her own so she can enjoy them even more.
LOAN K on Mar 13, 2016
Needed a second variety of Paw Paw for correct pollination of my first tree for fruit to set
Rebecca S on Oct 22, 2020
love my stark paw paws and i don't have this variety
Patrick C on Oct 18, 2020
I only have room for one paw paw will I still get fruit and which one do you suggest I get?
Sophie on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hey Sophie, If you only have room for one get Sunflower. It is supposed to be self fertile; I ordered a bigger one, 4-5 ft, at the same time as I ordered the smaller Wells. Last year it bloomed and started to fruit but dropped all fruit before they were an inch long. Hopefully this year! But, I have seen pictures of people who planted two trees within a couple feet of each other so they grow into what looks like one tree, but still get the cross pollination nearly all pawpaws need to fruit. Good luck and many blessings:) Dru in WA
Can I plant these in New England in the fall?
Sarah B on Oct 20, 2018
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.
Can you plant in a container?
Reese on Dec 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't expect it to be happy long term in a pot. Pawpaws grow deep tap roots and far reaching horizontal feeder roots. In the wild, alot of pawpaw patches are all one individual genetically but with multiple above ground trees connected via horizontal roots under ground.
in indiana pawpaw tree never is taller then 8' to 10' they grow in wooded areas is it a different kind of pawpaw?
william m on Aug 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Those are wild/native pawpaws. All of the varieties we have are grafted cultivars.
Are the fruits sweet?
J J on Jan 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My Wells Pawpaw hasn't produced fruit yet as I only planted it 2 years ago. However, I have had pawpaws in the past and the best way I can describe them is that they remind me of a cross between a mango and a banana. I realize that there are many, many varieties of mangos but they all have a sweet flavor to them. Can't wait for my 3 pawpaws to begin fruiting - should be next year.
How can I know if my summer is long enough for a paw paw to ripen?
Gareth R on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My pawpaws in Northeastern Oklahoma bloom in April and ripen in September. I don't know if that's typical all over the United States though because I've never seen them anywher else.
all-around best pawpaw variety pair for North Carolina: Wells looks beautiful. What is a good pollinator variety for it?
Coleen L on Jun 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They all will pollinate one another and will grow good in your zone, but the Mango pawpaw is my favorite. Has an amazing flavor and compliments the Wells pawpaw when paired together.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I have two Paw Paw trees in my yard right now they're about 10 yrs old.
When I bought them I wasn't told which ones they are. Is there a way to tell?
I would like to know if they would be a good pollination match with the mango paw paw?
Thank you
Del Sechrist on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I don???t think there would be an easy way to determine what they are unless you can tell by the taste of the fruit. If you are already getting fruit, I would guess you have different varieties already. In that case you should be reasonable safe in assuming they will pollinate the new tree. Another option would be to purchase an ungrafted pawpaw. They are grown from seed and would most certainly be able to work as a pollinator. The quality of the fruit isn???t a guarantee but often they are very good. Thank you. Arnold
Will these thrive in zone 4-5 ( Michigan)?
Boatie on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They will indeed. Pawpaws are nearly native to Michigan.
Would it be possible to grow Paw Paw's in Wisconsin. Map says we are zone 4A .Would they really be hardy enough for a NW Wisconsin winter? Any advice is appreciated!
Lori R on Feb 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are suitable for Zone 4, but it would be advisable to mulch the tree heavily over the winter and protect it with a north-facing burlap windbreak while it's young.
What variety of PawPaw tree is best suited for butterflies?
Karen O on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All pawpaw varieties attract the zebra swallowtail butterfly. We are not aware of other butterflies that are attracted to pawpaw trees.
Will a pawpaw tree do well in the bay area?
Virna on May 24, 2018

Customer Reviews

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Slow but satisfying
My husband and I planted a Wells and a Sunflower Pawpaw about nine years ago. For years, the trees stayed tiny and short. I kept watering them, protecting them, digging them out of deep snowfalls (we're in New Jersey). Each year they'd grow lovely leaves, but no flowers. Then finally one year we saw the tiny brown blossoms growing. We only got about three paw paws that year, but each year since, a few more, until this year we are just overwhelmed by the harvest! It's week three of the pawpaw harvest time and I'd say we have at least 100 pawpaws between the two trees, with at least 20 more still to come. I just go out each morning and pick up the ones that have fallen on the ground (the ones the animals/bugs haven't started on themselves). I have bags of golden pulp in the freezer that will last for months. I like pawpaw best in pancakes, it also makes a lovely bread pudding. I have so many I was giving them to people for free in the Aldi parking lot yesterday. People looked at me like I was a little nuts, but guess what? Every single person took one! To me, pawpaws are not the most delicious fruit (I don't much enjoy them "straight up"), but they are so unique and a lost part of our nation's history that you just have to love them, just like making your own sourdough baked goods from a starter. Growing pawpaws has been an adventure that has certainly paid off!
September 28, 2017
Strong but slow
The Wells Pawpaw survived the winter with no problem; however it is very slow growing. Perhaps after some fertilizer it will take off.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
I’ve tried for 3 seasons to grow Pawpaw here in East Texas and failed. Once it gets hot they don’t survive (zone8). Would’ve loved to make it work.
September 5, 2018
over 3 years ago
I'm always impressed with the quality of the plants I order from Starks. My Wells pawpaw established quickly and is already flowering at two feet tall. It's only been in the ground for one year.
May 12, 2018
over 4 years ago
Great start!
I purchased paw paw trees from 4 different vendors. I purchased 3 different paw paw trees from Starks; Well's paw paw, Pennsylvania golden paw paw, and regular paw paw. The Stark's are growing much faster. Mind you I have all the trees in partial shade, soil pH 6.8-7.0 and I fertilized all the trees the same.
I initially purchased 3 different paw paw trees so I could form a better opinion of the product but all the trees are doing great.
June 24, 2017
over 3 years ago
Fast Growing
I purchased my Wells Pawpaw tree two summers ago. The first summer experienced very slow growth as the tree was becoming established. This summer the tree nearly doubled in size and thickness, which I am very pleased with. I was holding off on any other purchases from StarkBros until I could confirm with my own eyes that they are selling a good product, to which I can now undoubtedly say they do. Buyer for life.
July 30, 2019
over 3 years ago
Good tree
It came back after winter and looks good. We shall see I guess. PA paw paw did not.
May 18, 2018
over 3 years ago
so far so good
The tree arrived in good condition. I was a little worried about our weird winter weather this year ( a downpour on Christmas after snow earlier in the month). With a cool, very wet spring it took a while for signs of life but the leaves are emerging so things are looking good so far.
May 27, 2017
over 4 years ago