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Wells Pawpaw

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Description

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.

Characteristics

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
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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 - 25' tall x 15 - 25' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth.

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
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
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
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
Later blooming variety.
William C on Jul 24, 2018
Win-win beautiful fall tree, produces delicious fruit, and distracts deer from eating ginseng berries in fall.
john g on May 18, 2017
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.
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.
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

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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
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
1 year ago
Pawpaw
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
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
over 2 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
Purchased
1 year ago