The Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a widely cultivated tropical fruit tree. The fruit tree grows from about 12 feet to around 20 feet. The pawpaw is a slow grower, particularly when it is young. The dark green, obovate-oblong, drooping leaves grow up to 12-inches long, giving the pawpaw an interesting tropical appearance. The leaves turn yellow and begin to fall in mid-autumn and leaf out again in late spring after the tree has bloomed. The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to America. Individual fruits weigh 5 to 16-ounces, and are 3 to 6 inches in length. Pawpaw fruits often occur as clusters of up to nine individual fruits. The ripe fruit is soft and thin skinned. Pawpaws do best in deep, fertile soil that is moist, but well drained and slightly acidic. Pawpaw fruit ripens during a four-week period between mid August and into October. Foxes, raccoons and bears eat the fruit. The deer will eat the fallen fruit, but they will not browse on the bark, twigs or foliage because of an amazing substance in this part of the plant that acts as a repellent. Preferred zones are 4 through 10, but the optimal growth zones are 4 through 8.
Trees can be ordered as seedlings or super accelerators in quantities of 12 or 24. Trees in 3-gallon containers can only be ordered in packs of 24. Bulk discounts are available - call for pricing. The best time of year to plant your trees varies depending on what zone you are in. However, for most zones the best time to plant is between fall and early spring. Planting your trees in the fall allows the trees to root into ground before the dormant season. When planting trees,the hole needs to be twice as wide as, but not deeper than the rootball. The soil should be level with the top of the rootball.