World Champion Pawpaw Tree
Pawpaw, Paw Paw, Papaw, Poor Man's Banana, Hoosier Banana, Indiana Banana
Pawpaw trees produce custard, mango, and banana tropical-flavored fruits which can easily be grown in COLD climates. They are an exotic and very unique flavor to experience. Take out your spoon and eat it fresh or use the pulp to make cakes, cookies, ice cream, sorbets, or puddings. They have a smooth, creamy texture and a floral, aromatic scent.
These seedlings were grown from fruit harvested in the orchard of Jerry Lehman, one of the world's leading breeders of pawpaw fruit. The fruits weigh over 12 oz. each and were collected from mature trees producing crops that have repeatedly won contests for the Best Tasting and Largest Pawpaws for the past 6 years at the annual pawpaw festival in Ohio. These are the best of the best pawpaw trees available in the world today from some of the most desirable genetics. We chose these fruits due to their success in taste tests then weighed them, selecting those fruits that are larger in size, then grew them from seed into healthy plants for you to add to your garden or farm. To see more, please see this video from our YouTube Channel.
Pawpaws are native and well known in much of the eastern United States. They produce fruit that is reminiscent of their tropical relatives - the cherimoya, guanabana (aka: soursop), sweetsop, and custard apple.
They grow naturally as an understory tree but can grow in full sun. Trees require partial shade for the first 2 years. Space about 8' apart. Fruit ripens in late September and October.
Harvest when fruit is slightly soft and gives when pressed by your thumb. The pulp has big seeds that are easy to spoon out and discard or plant to grow additional trees. The tree has a tap root and grows slowly at first but makes a great exotic backyard fruit producer. How do you tell when they are ripe? Check out our video here to learn more.
Pawpaws require cross-pollination, so 2 trees are necessary for the trees to produce fruit.
Height at maturity: 10-25'
Spread at maturity: 10-15'
Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Container Size: 13" Tree Pot
Height at time of sale: Select