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Pawpaw

Asiminia triloba

a.k.a. Paw Paw, Michigan Banana

The largest native North American fruit, the pawpaw has a soft, creamy texture and a flavor reminiscent of a custardy banana-mango. Fruits do not store or ship well, likely resulting in the scarcity of the pawpaw in markets.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

bannerLow growing tree, usually to 15-20ft, but occasionally to 30ft.

Hardiness

Hardy to -25F. Sunset Zones: 2-9, 14, 18-21, 28-41 USDA: 5-9

Growing Environment

Pawpaws grow best in climates recieving some frost, and need at least 400 chilling hours to flower and set fruit. They require regular watering, particularly during spring and summer months. Trees seem to do fine in both sunny, and part-shade locations. Paw paw's need cross pollination for full fruit set and also benefit from hand pollination in areas without adequate natural pollinators.

Propagation

By seeds. The numerous named varieties are propagated by grafts.

Uses

The fruits are typically eaten fresh. They can also be used to make preserves, ice cream, and a variety of other desserts.

Native Range

Wild throughout the southeastern United States, with some populations reaching as far north as southern Canada. A native U.S. fruit, the pawpaw will fruit in most locations of the United States, although drier and Mediterranean climate areas may need additional watering support.

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