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American Paw Paw Tree

Asimina triloba

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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-30 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Asimina triloba

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

The Paw Paw Tree is like Growing Dessert right in your own Backyard

Here's why you need a Paw Paw:

  • Sweet and aromatic fruit that tastes like Boston Cream Pie!
  • Lush green leaves with Tropical appeal
  • Attractive Tree with colorful blooms
  • Hardy species with excellent cold tolerance down to -10F

The Paw Paw Tree lets you Bring the Tropics Home

Just because you live north of the Mason Dixon line doesn't mean you can't enjoy the look and taste of the tropics. Introducing the Paw Paw Tree, a lush, tropical fruit tree that will enable you to create a remote island right in your own back yard. Thick leaves, rich and green in color, flood this mid-sized tree. The canopy is umbrella shaped, with no lower limbs giving it a palm-like feel. Clusters of large, green Paw Paw fruit hang suspended, clinging to a thick, long trunk that screams tropical.

As if the tropical look and delicious fruit isn't enough, the Paw Paw dazzles with the most beautiful, deep purple flowers imaginable. And just because it looks as though it belongs below the equator, don't let the challenges of winter scare you away from the Paw Paw. This hardy tree will withstand sub-zero temperatures as low as -10F.

Banana Cream Pie? You've got to taste it to believe it!

If you thought coconuts were a fun tropical treat, wait until you taste the Paw Paw. It looks like what you'd get if you crossed a banana with a mango, but tastes like something altogether different. That's because this incredible fruit-Are you ready for this?-tastes like Boston Cream Pie! We're serious. Sweet, creamy and fragrant, there's so much rich flavor in the Paw Paw fruit it's been described as a soft blend of banana, melon, vanilla and pineapple all in one.

Do you know of any other fruit in the world that combines all these terrific flavors with a wonderfully soft texture? We don't. As if the satisfying taste wasn't enough, the Paw Paw packs twice the vitamin C content of peaches, grapes and apples.

You will need 2 Paw Paw Trees for maximum pollination.

With all of the taste and health benefits, the Paw Paw lets you have your dessert and eat it too!

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Customer Reviews

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I love my Paw Paw trees. They came promptly. There was a problem with one of the trees being damaged but this was rectified right away. They are getting new leaves and hopefully more roots prior to the cold weather. They look great!ThanksNancy
October 8, 2018
4 months ago
American Paw Paw Tree
I had read they were small from other reviews and they are.... Weather here in KY this fall has been so wet that watering has been no problem. They are healthy and appear to be thriving. Now I have to patient and wait for maturity enough for fruit.
October 8, 2018
4 months ago
Trees are doing awesome! `
I received them packed well! Unfortunately my heat caused them to lose leaves several weeks later. But they're fine and I'll be back for more later on!
August 26, 2018
Paw Paw trees
I ordered 2 paw paw trees but only one was shipped. Needing 2 for cross pollination I contacted customer service where staff was courteous and immediately shipped me the 2nd tree. Both arrived in good condition and are still alive approximately 2 months later but no new growth is noted and one tree is looking kind of puny. Hopefully they'll perk up next spring.
August 26, 2018
6 months ago
Excellent Tree!
Bigger than I expected. Green, leafy and healthy. It was packaged well and arrived in pristine condition! Will definitely order from Fast Growing Trees again!
July 15, 2018
7 months ago
Happy with my PawPaw's
My trees came in, in very good condition. Planted them and they seem to be doing very well. I was worried about planting them in the middle of the summer being that I am in South Louisiana with the temperature reaching into the mid to upper 90's already but they are looking well. Hopefully they will continue to do well.
July 10, 2018
7 months ago
It's been raining a lot here lately but the little plant has not yellowed or frayed. I'm excited to watch it grow and I can't wait to taste it's fruit.
July 9, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
very nice plant!
Tree arrived in its pot, and it’s very healthy compared to paw paws I bought from a different vendor. I simply put it outside on the deck, and I think I will keep it in its pot this summer and put it in the ground next spring.
July 5, 2018
7 months ago
The trees came in great shape and on time
The trees came in great shape and on time they will take about five years before they get flowers I have one older Pappaw that is flowering for the first time this year but I’ll have no cross pollination until my other two new ones get a little older hoping for the best thanks for the great trees
June 17, 2018
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
American Paw-paws at 6 weeks
My 2 American Paw-paw saplings have been in the ground just about 6 weeks now. One has formed a few leaves and appears healthy. The other, however, shows no changes in the 6 weeks it's been in the ground. The trees were planted about 30 feet from each other, under identical conditions. I will watch closely and let F-GT know how it fares. Otherwise, I can't wait till I see fruit, a couple years down the road!
May 10, 2018
11 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your American Paw Paw Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Paw Paw Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Paw Paw Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Paw Paw Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Browse 21 questions Browse 21 questions and 68 answers
Why did you choose this? Store
Have been looking for, for a,couple of years.
gregory k on Dec 23, 2018
Paw paw is a heritage favorite that fell out of popularity in favor of fruits that shipped better, as supermarkets became the source of produce for the American family. I've been wanted one (or two) trees for a while.
Glenn M on Nov 23, 2018
Have been looking for, for a,couple of years.
gregory k on Dec 23, 2018
I love planting tropical fruit trees, but san Francisco climate is not adequate for them. I've heard that paw paw is very hardy and can take cold weather very well; therefore I decided to get them.
kim L on Nov 28, 2018
Paw paw is a heritage favorite that fell out of popularity in favor of fruits that shipped better, as supermarkets became the source of produce for the American family. I've been wanted one (or two) trees for a while.
Glenn M on Nov 23, 2018
I have been looking for this fruit tree for a long time.
Kevin L on Nov 2, 2018
It is native to my area and I have seen mature trees in a nearby park. Large well formed trees with large fruit. I hope to find a second paw paw type so it can pollinate and fruit.
Karen H on Oct 31, 2018
Just for fun
John K on Oct 27, 2018
I plant host plants for butterflies in my area. This plant is host for the Zebra Swallowtail, which is declining in our area.
Cindy W on Oct 6, 2018
My father loved the pawpaw tree in his gandmother's yard. I have never had one
TAMMY A on Sep 6, 2018
For northern fence 7 feet from house where sun will reach a native tree and probably fruit next to Japanese quince.
Getting 2 for pollination.
Gretchen B on Sep 4, 2018
Since I’m from Pennsylvania very near West Virginia and never had a paw paw
lester k on Sep 3, 2018
different tree
Maria S on Jul 19, 2018
I've grown up in the midwest but have never seen or tasted a Paw Paw. There are references to them all over, small towns named after them and whatnot. And I hear that they're delicious, so where are they?!
Chris K on Jun 25, 2018
To experience a tropical fruit growing right here in the US!!!
Kislaya K on Jun 23, 2018
These plants fascinate me when I watch the other people on Youtube describe how amazing they are so I want to try growing them myself.
Phong T on Jun 18, 2018
Unusual fruit and able to handle Zone 7.
Daniel G on Jun 16, 2018
it is native to America
Donna B on Jun 14, 2018
Just went to a state Arboretum and saw a tree there and read a little information about it and wanted to get a couple.
Frankie P on Jun 12, 2018
Always heard stories about the paw paw tree as a child, wanted to try the fruit
Andrea J on Jun 11, 2018
Paw Paw fruit is ignored for other more showy and ubiquitous fruits readily available at supermarket stores. Paw Paw has been around awhile and needs to be once again recognized as a most delicious dessert fruit. I want to try my luck growing a couple of paw paw trees to go with my Fuyu Persimmons.
Crisostomo B on May 24, 2018
I wanted the challenge of growing this till it fruits for me !!!
mike D on May 19, 2018
heard good things about Paw Paw and want to try it
NET N on May 12, 2018
We purchased two several years ago only one survived so we are purchasing an additional 2 so we can have a small crop of these trees.
Renee E on Nov 20, 2017
No one else has one.
Patrick S on Jun 8, 2017
I grew up with a neighbor that grew paw paw trees. The fruit is delicious.
christopher m on May 22, 2017
For the fruit
Nicholas C on May 13, 2017
I love the foliage of this tree. truly looks like its a triopical plant!
John S on May 6, 2017
My wife's grandfather had a Paw Paw tree. He's gone on now several years, we want one to plant at our house.
Rodney R on Apr 25, 2017
difficult to find in Florida
Cynthia D on Apr 6, 2017
I want to have rare fruits.
Carlos M on Apr 6, 2017
Always wanted this fruit tree. Its time to try them.
Michael B on Mar 27, 2017
Pari Lynda B on Mar 12, 2017
They supposedly grow around here wild, but I have never seen one and really wanted to try them out. The fruit sounds absolutely scrumptious.
Blye W on Mar 12, 2017
I chose this plant because of the fruit flavor, cream pie!!! Also, I am originally from New York and NEVER could have palm or fruit trees!! This tree can withstand NC temperatures!! Can't wait to receive them!!!
Debra O on Feb 11, 2017
I had to get it , it is such a unique fruit!
Glenn R on Dec 14, 2016
You had me at Boston Cream Pie
SIGRID A on Apr 16, 2016
Just want to try it, I don't think I have ever eaten this fruit before. I'm just curious.
Agnes A on Apr 2, 2016
Wanted something different.
Sheila D on Apr 1, 2016
in honor of my husband...he IS paw paw to our grandkids
One cart will travel! on Mar 10, 2016
I like having fresh fruit to choose from picked while walking in my yard.
Thomasina C on Feb 3, 2016
Because I tasted the fruit and could not believe how good it was ... not to mention that it is native of the region (PA).
pascal r on Dec 15, 2015
Cold hardy fruit
Tanja F on Dec 6, 2015
I saw an article in Washington Post and got interested.
Saulius T K on Nov 27, 2015
I'm curious about this plant and its fruit can't wait to plant
Frank M on Nov 2, 2015
for the fruit and color
Jackie F on Oct 20, 2015
I love planting tropical fruit trees, but san Francisco climate is not adequate for them. I've heard that paw paw is very hardy and can take cold weather very well; therefore I decided to get them.
kim L on Nov 28, 2018
I have been looking for this fruit tree for a long time.
Kevin L on Nov 2, 2018
how long before a new tree will bare fruit?
Steve B on Jan 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It can take 5-7 years to bear fruit.
How long does it take to bare fruit?
Earlene R on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Are your trees fruit baring age?
Is this tree grafted?
Mary g on Dec 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes most of our fruit trees are grafted.
what variety are your trees ??
luigi on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We have the Prarrie Bannana variety
Can the pawpaw be grown in a large pot on the patio?
Helen S on Oct 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be grown in a large container.
I have 1 paw paw now, if I buy 1 from you will there be and problem with them pollinating each other if plant close enough?
Reed S on Sep 17, 2015
No it won't be a problem, it is necessary to have 2 Paw Paw trees to pollinate each other.
how do you prune the paw paw?
Bill J on Oct 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have only had my young paw paws for less than a year. I did find this short article on line. I hope this helps.

A favorite of old-timers, paw paw (Asimina triloba) is making a comeback. This slow-growing eastern woodland native grows 12 to 20 feet tall in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9 and bears its tasty, odd-shaped fruit with little care. Tradition has it that the American Indians loved the fruit so much that they spread the tree across the Midwest and the Great Plains. Once given full sun and rich, well-drained soil, paw paw is an easy-to-care-for tree that needs only occasional pruning.
Prune out dead and diseased branches with lopping shears or a pruning saw. Cut large branches back to the trunk and secondary branches back to main branches.
Remove old branches that are less productive. This stimulates new growth, which is where paw paws bear their fruit.
Cut out branches that cross each other or are crowded. This opens up the tree so air can circulate freely. It also allows sun to reach more branches.
Things You Will Need
Hand-held pruners
Lopping shears
Pruning saw
We have paw paws that are growing into our septic field. Should we be concerned?
Pat V on Jun 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Paw Paw trees have a very long taproot. In addition, one way they multiply is by sending up shoots from existing roots. Both of these characteristics are very detrimental to a septic field. Trees of any kind should not be allowed to spread into a septic field. They will clog up the conduits and ruin your drain field. My husband is a licensed plumber and that comes from him. He also said that the trees cannot be just chopped down as their root system will continue to send up shoots and thrive. The tree would need to be poisoned or some similar method would need to be used to insure that the entire network killed.

This makes me sad as I am just getting started with Paw Paws and would give my right arm to have large thriving Paw Paws in my yard. Perhaps, if they are not to large, you could dig them up and transplant them? Just know that the tap root is very long and chopping it off is a key reason Paw Paws are hard to dig up and transplant from the wild.

I hope this helps.
Monica M.
Can these be planted as late as November in Zone 7a?
DeeDee on Nov 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I just moved my pawpaws -they are perfectly fine especially in a sunny place. I always plant my trees in November it's better for them. Good luck!
I live in East Texas. Can I plant my paw paw tree early November?
Genevieve on Nov 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We live in California in zone 3-9 and they seem to be doing well... seem slow growing and I water alot but they are growing slowly but surely... can't wait till we have fruit... we have had ours a year... :)
can this tree be pruned to stay short?
Heather P on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Never tried.But my 2 trees are only in there 1st year and are only a little over 4 foot.
Does this tree have medic!nal purposes ?
Chris H on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The twig material of Pawpaw is sold as a cancer cure and preventative --- there has been a lot of research on this so there is plenty to read up on it!
does anyone have nutritional information on the fruit?
JOHN g on Jun 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Image result for american pawpaw tree nutritional value
A 100-gram serving, or about 3.5 ounces, of pawpaw fruit provides 80 calories, 1.2 grams of each protein and fat and 18.8 grams of carbohydrates, including 2.6 grams of fiber, or 10 percent of the daily value.Oct 3, 2017
Can i grow a paw paw tree in zone 10a?
Maria M on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Growing Zones are 5 to 9 and it is cold hardy to -10 degrees F.
I live in Pacifica 6 blocks from the Pacific Ocean is these okay to grow Paw paw trees?
Ed P on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Paw Paw trees have a low tolerance for salt. They are for growing zones 5 to 9 and are cold hardy down to -10 degrees F. They like Full to Partial Sun.
How large are the fruits? Are the seeds small in these trees, or the type of PawPaw with larger seeds?
John B on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The fruits are 2–6 in" long, 1-3" wide and can weigh from 0.7–18 oz. The seeds are 1/2 to 1", with the Davis variety having the biggest seed.
what time of year do u plant?
John F on Oct 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Plant in early Spring/Fall.
How far apart should you plant the pae paw trees??
Nicole H on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 15 feet apart.
The instructions said you need two pawpaw tree do you plant them together ?
Colette G on Jan 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They need to be within 50 feet of one another.
Which varieties of pawpaw trees do you sell? Two different VARIETIES are needed for pollination. I live in Zone 9a.
Carol B on Oct 13, 2018

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