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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.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

15-20 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Harvest Time:

August-October

Fruit Color:

Yellowish Green

Year to Bear:

4-5 years

Chill Hours:

400

Botanical Name:

Asimina triloba

Does Not Ship To:

AZ



Learn why we stopped selling bare-root
 

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 -25F

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 -25F.

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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Wish I could have bought larger ones, but the 2 I bought are growing beautifully!
I previously bought 3 other Paw Paw tree's from other companies (all 3 came bareroot). Its been over 3 months and I haven't seen a single leaf. I am glad Fast Growing Tree's ships in pots.
June 11, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
New grafted Paw Paw trees...
I was very pleased with the quality of my trees when they arrived. They were green, and very alive. They arrived in a short amount of time after I placed my order, and were packed with the safety of the young trees in mind. We have planted them in our yard, and after following the planting instructions included, they seem to be happy to be in the ground now. There are already new sprouts for new leaves, and with the rain we have been getting, I have no doubt that they will grow to adulthood very happy little trees.
May 31, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
5
Excellent. Very impressed.
My paw paw tree arrived on time and as expected. Customer service was very responsive to my inquiries. I recommend the company and their products.
June 7, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
9

Planting & Care



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



Step 1: Dig Your Hole


Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your 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 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 Paw Paw Tree again after the transplant is complete.


Questions & Answers

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No one else has one.
Patrick S on Jun 8, 2017
For the fruit
Nicholas C on May 13, 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
Interesting
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
Norma R 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 grew up with a neighbor that grew paw paw trees. The fruit is delicious.
christopher m on May 22, 2017
I love the foliage of this tree. truly looks like its a triopical plant!
John S on May 6, 2017
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.
Is this tree grafted?
Mary g on Dec 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes most of our fruit trees are grafted.
Are your paw paws grown from seed or grafted? Also, do you need more than one?
Jeremy C on Jul 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: To add to my comment below. They do well with 2 trees because the bees do not like them as much as other flowers. So for really good pollination 2 would be great.
what variety are your trees ??
luigi on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We have the Prarrie Bannana variety
How long does it take to bare fruit?
Earlene R on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, with growing much younger trees to start with, it takes 5 years for the trees to be mature enough to produce flowers. Once the flowers appear, all that is needed is another tree of a different genetic makeup to pollinate your trees. Once they produce fruit, the yield seems to increase with each season.
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.
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.
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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.
2
Remove old branches that are less productive. This stimulates new growth, which is where paw paws bear their fruit.
3
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.
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
BEST ANSWER: Hi Reed
No it won't be a problem, it is necessary to have 2 Paw Paw trees to pollinate each other.
Do paw paw self pollinate?
Tom D on May 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, true Paw Paw trees (Asimina triloba) are not self pollinating, and require a completely different genetic partner to supply pollen for them to cross pollinate each other. If there is no known planting of Paw Paw's in your area, you must supply your own pollinator. If you can not obtain a second source of pollen due to distance, it is possible to gather flowers or pollen from another tree, and pollinate your flowers with a very soft, clean paint brush. Just remember to obtain the owner's permission if the donor tree is on someone else's property. The fruit is fantastic, but not worth getting shot for trespassing over......
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!
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.
I live in Pacifica 6 blocks from the Pacific Ocean is these okay to grow Paw paw trees?
Ed P on Jun 20, 2017

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