Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) Long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, North American Indians were enjoying the vanilla custard flavoured flesh of this northern banana. Large, lush, drooping leaves give the pawpaw a tropical appearance. A slow growing, pyramidal shaped tree, it can reach anywhere from 10-25' at maturity. It has virtually no insect or disease problems and requires very little pruning. This exotic and fascinating native tree is in high demand. Grafted Paw Paws are more consistent and productive than seedlings and will begin bearing fruit sooner. Although they are less winter hardy than seedling trees, these selected varieties are worth trying in protected areas. Plant two different varieties for pollination or plant one seedling and one grafted tree.  
Photo courtesy of Peterson Pawpaws

Pawpaw : SUSQUEHANNA® 1 gallon pot


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Neil Peterson says if he had to pick a personal favorite from among his patented varieties, this would be the one! For starters, it consistently produces the largest fruit, often 500grams or more, and only 3% seed by weight. With a relatively thick skin, Susquehanna® is less fragile than most, which is an obvious bonus for harvesting and handling, and translates into longer storage life too. Blake Cothron describes the interior thus-'has a firm, luscious, buttery, avocado-like texture, and a rich honey-like caramel sweetness. Too intensely sweet and strong for some, the favorite of others.' The slower-growing tree is not as vigorous as some, but has particularly attractive, healthy-looking foliage.



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Growing Tips

Pawpaws, Persimmons, Jujubes Growing Tip

In most cases, we recommend planting bareroot fruit trees at their permanent site as soon as you get them. However, the trees in this section of the catalogue (Pawpaws, Persimmons and Jujubes) will often benefit from spending a few more years in a pot. Since these species do not take as well to bareroot handling, we receive them as very small trees in pots. We suggest you repot them in a 2 or 3 gallon container and grow them for several seasons. Pawpaws in particular, will appreciate this, as the tender young trees will prosper much more if you can keep them out of direct sunlight. This way you also have the option of overwintering them in your garage until they are bigger and stronger.
See Page 80 for 3 gallon Root Trapper® Containers.