Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 15-30 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Asimina triloba
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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.
Although Paw Paw Trees are self-fertile buy 2 Trees for maximum pollination.
With all of the taste and health benefits, the Paw Paw lets you have your dessert and eat it too!
Customer Reviews & Photos
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Time will tell
It is my third attempt to grow Paw Paw trees. First two attempts from two different nurseries ended up in only one Paw Paw surviving so far. That is why I would be careful with any comments. This time two trees came well packaged in small pots. I would like to add to this comment after at least late spring of next year to see how these two Paw Paws are doing at that time.
The purchase and shipping was easy, quick, and efficient. The purchase was a gift, I haven't heard from recipient yet. I hope they love it.
Great paw paw
I have ordered paw paw from multiple sources, these are by far the best I have seen. Even shipped in the heat of summer they arrived healthy sand look good in the ground now
Paw Paw would be proud of gis namesake.
Was received well packed and healthy. Better than I get other nurseries. Can't wait until it bears fruit.
Paw paw tree
May be some time before the fruit will be sampled. In the meantime, we wait and watch it grow. Arrived in great shape. Doing quite well.
Planting & Care
The Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) is native to North America. Paw Paw’s are commonly planted in USDA growing zones 5-8. Paw Paw’s will mature to a fairly large height of 15-25 feet and a width of 15-25 feet wide. Growing all the way up to zone 5, this tree looks tropical, but can handle moderately cold winters. The Paw Paw brings a tropical feel to any yard with its umbrella shaped canopy and long trunk.
Selecting a location: When choosing a place to plant your Paw Paw tree remember to protect it from direct sunlight. Paw Paw’s prefer a partial sun location, Paw Paw trees need no more than five hours of sunlight a day. Rich, deep, and well draining soil are ideal conditions from planting new Paw Paws.
1) Once you have the perfect planting location scouted out dig a hole that’s just as deep as the root ball, and three times as wide.
2) Space the Paw Paw trees 15-25 feet apart.
3) Take a pitch fork or shovel and use it to loosen the soil around the sides of the hole. Remove any debris like grass, dirt clumps, or rocks from inside of the hole.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that its level with the surrounding ground and standing straight upwards a 90 degree angle.
5) Next back fill your hole and gently tamp the soil down to prevent air pockets from forming.
6) Once the planting process is complete give your tree a long drink of water and mulch around the tree to conserve soil moisture.
Watering: Paw Paw trees require adequate soil moisture, especially in the first two years after planting. Avoid over saturating, only water when soil is dry at least 1-2 inches deep. Avoid letting the soil completely dry out.
Fertilization: For optimal growth and fruit production, fertilize 2 times each year with a well balanced fertilizer such as a 20-10-10.
Pruning: The best time to prune is late winter or early spring, when the tree is dormant. Annual pruning will stimulate new growth.
Pollination: Pollination can be a limiting factor in producing fruit. The Paw Paw tree has various species or flies and beetles to pollinate the tree. The Paw Paw tree is not a self-pollinator. If placed inside be sure that the tree is receiving hand pollination.
Harvesting: The Paw Paw will be ready to eat when it is easily plucked from the tree. Paw Paws that are too ripe can have an astringent taste, so don’t wait until they’ve fallen. You can keep your Paw Paw in cold storage for 3 days. If you want to keep them longer, you’ll need to freeze the pulp, which will keep for 6 months
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
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