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Pawpaw Tree

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  • Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
  • Mature Height 20 - 25 Feet
  • Mature Spread 20 - 25 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

Looking for a unique fruit with a tropical taste? Asimina triloba, the pawpaw tree, is the perfect plant for you! This tree produces the largest edible fruit native to North America, and is the only member of the tropical custard-apple family native to a temperate region. Big, oblong fruit is produced in late summer through fall upon attractive, conical-shaped trees. This Eastern North American native boasts dark maroon flowers in spring that are pollinated by flies. Large green leaves turn to an electric golden yellow come fall. This is truly a multi-purpose tree with beauty and flavor to offer throughout the year!

Growing at 20-25 feet tall, the pawpaw tree is well-suited to a variety of landscape purposes. It makes a fine structural focus point in borders, and can be used as an understory tree in woodland gardens. This tree provides valuable wildlife support, as it is the host plant for zebra swallowtail butterflies and a favorite for birds to nest in. The delicious fruit is produced after several years, often falling to the ground when ripe. Green fruit will turn yellow-brown, soften, and bruise easily once it has reached optimal ripeness. The flavor is comparable to sweet bananas and mangoes, with a delectable custard texture. It is a great source of antioxidants, and can be enjoyed raw or as a replacement for bananas in any baking recipe. 

Pawpaw Tree Care

Plant Pawpaw in a sheltered location, as it is prone to breakage from high winds. Pawpaws produce best in full sun, but partial shade will still result in good growth and a fruit crop. Planting under more shade will result in a more shrub-like habit. Pawpaws prefer well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH. Slow-release fertilizer can be applied every spring. Water weekly to aid in fruit development, or more if rainfall is infrequent. Prolonged dryness may result in premature fruit drop. 

Pruning pawpaw trees helps to increase fruit yields. Prune in late winter or early spring, before bud break. Remove all dead or damaged branches, and maintain a distance of about 12 inches between all branches. For a more upright, standard form, prune out the lower branches. 

Pawpaw Tree Spacing

More than one pawpaw plant is required for fruit production. Pawpaw trees should be planted with other pawpaw trees, with about 15-30 feet of spacing for adequate cross-pollination and fruiting.

Pawpaw Tree Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
Mature Height: 20 - 25 Feet
Mature Spread: 20 - 25 Feet
Spacing: 15 - 30 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description: Deep Brownish-Purple
Bloom Period: April To May
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Edging, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Pawpaw Tree
Other Name(s): Pawpaw
Scientific Name: Asimina triloba (Paw Paw)

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.