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Pawpaw
Asimnia triloba

Description:
Pawpaw is a small understory tree or large shrub which typically grows 15-20' tall. Cup-shaped, purple flowers appear in spring, and give way to edible, oblong, yellowish green fruits (similar to bananas) which
mature in early autumn to a dark brown. Wildlife eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.

 

Common Name: Pawpaw
Botanical Name: Asimnia triloba
Type: Deciduous fruiting tree
Growth Rate: Average; can take up to 7 years or more to bear fruits
Soil Preference: Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils. Will grow in shade but becomes leggy. Soil should be high in organic matter.
Light Requirements: Sun to partial shade
Attributes: Delicious fruits, native, landscape specimen
Pests: No serious insect or disease problems.
Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.
Care: Two different varieties are needed for cross pollination.

Planting Instructions: Trees & Shrubs
Water & Fertilizer Schedule


Article - Spring Newsletter 2013

Ever since our blueberry article in 2008, we’ve been striving to introduce you to fruits that will improve your health as well as being a good fit for the edible landscape.

A small tree that fits these requirements is one that is native to the Eastern United States, including Ohio, and known as Asimnia triloba, or better known as the Paw paw. Paw paws have delicious fruit with a flavor resembling a combination of banana, mango and pineapple with the tastes varying amoung the different cultivars.

According to research performed at the University of Kentucky, the Paw paw’s nutritional value exceeds that of grapes, apples and peaches in minerals, amino acids and calories. Another unusual nutritional fact is that the fruit is an excellent source of iron and the B vitamin Niacin.

This year all of the paw paw varieties except two have been selected by Neal Peterson which has studied this genus for more than 20 years.

Neal has selected natural strains and bred varieties that have good fruit quality and other desirable traits such as
-Good consistent fruit yield
-Sweet mild flavor
-Few seeds in fruits
-Vigorous growth of the tree
-A tree that responds well to pruning

Overleese, Shenandoah, Mango, Potomac and Susquehennna are available this year with two different varieties required for pollination of the flowers.

In spring, don’t worry if the leaves on the tree haven’t emerged just yet as the Paw paw is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring.

Find a sunny place in your yard with well-drained soil, dig a large hole and mix in a liberal amount of organic matter and finally mulch with a couple inches of organic matter, such as Sweet Peet, and in a few years you’ll have a bountiful harvest of North America’s largest native, nutritious fruit

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
To view our catalog or availability, click here

 


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Asimnia triloba 'Mango'
Mango Pawpaw

zones 5-9
 
Description:  A very vigorous Pawpaw that quickly becomes a small tree and bears large, tasty fruit with attractive, orange-yellow flesh. Fruit matures in early fall. Purple flowers in early spring. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination. Protect fruits from critters.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15'
Spread: 12-15'


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Asimnia triloba 'Overleese'
Mango Pawpaw

zones 5-9
 
Description:  Very large, oval fruits with delicious, creamy, yellow-orange flesh. Fruit matures in early fall. Purple flowers in early spring. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination. Wildlife eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15'
Spread: 12-15'


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Asimnia triloba 'Potomac'
Mango Pawpaw

zones 5-9
 
Description:  One of the largest Pawpaw varieties featuring delicious, sweet and richly flavored fruit that often weighs 3/4 lb. or more. Attractive, upright growth habit. Purple flowers in early spring. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination. Wildlife eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15'
Spread: 12-15'


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Asimnia triloba 'Shenandoah'
Mango Pawpaw

zones 5-9
 
Description:  One of the largest and most flavorful Pawpaw varieties. Weighing up to  pound each, the fruit ripens in mid season and is sweet and flavorful with creamy-yellow, custard-like flesh.  Purple flowers in early spring. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination. Protect fruits from critters.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15'
Spread: 12-15'


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Asimnia triloba 'Susquehenna'
Mango Pawpaw

zones 5-9
 
Description:  A large and late ripening selection. Fruit is very sweet and richly flavorful with few seeds. Individual fruits can weigh over 1 pound.  Purple flowers in early spring. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination. Wildlife eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15'
Spread: 12-15'
 
 

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