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PawPaws, Asimina triloba are the most northern species of a family of tropical fruits. The ripe fruit is often referred to as tropical in flavor and texture. The trees themselves when grown in full sun have a tropical appearance. The skins are not edible but the custard like ripe flesh is delightful fresh or used in baked goods. One of the best uses is PawPaw Ice Cream. Recently, some brewers are using PawPaws to brew artisanal beers

PawPaws are adapted to grow in full shade but the lack of sunlight reduces their ability to produce fruit. The formula, Sunlight= Flowers= Fruit applies even to shade tolerant PawPaws. Shade grown wild trees may only have 1 or 2 fruits per tree per year where trees grown in full sun will have many more fruits per tree.

PawPaws often grow in thickets that consist of groups of trees growing as root suckers from a single mother tree. This means all the trees in the group are genetically identical. Plants are often resistant to self pollination. It can and does occur but the resulting fruit and offspring are sub par. Planting more than one variety even if they are all seedlings really helps pollination and fruit set.

The flowers open in early spring before the leaves come out. They are a lovely burgundy red color. They are pollinated by flies and beetles and it is said the fragrance is akin to rotting meat. ( I have not sniffed to find out!) The pollinators of PawPaws do not travel far so trees should be less than 50′ apart to get good pollination.

Fall color varies from year to year but can be a spectacular yellow. The bark is smooth and grey and as trees mature, Lichens will grow on the bark.

PawPaw Seedlings

Our PawPaw Seedlings are from wild trees in our area here in Middle Tennessee. They are unimproved seedlings from several different areas. Fruit size and quality will be quite variable but mainly small.

Grafted PawPaw- Atwood ®

This PawPaw was selected for its abundant fruit production. The fruit are not the very largest at 1/4 to 1/2 pounds each but the sheer abundance makes up for it. A mature tree can yield 40 pounds of fruit per year. The fruit are aromatic with tropical overtones. The flesh is creamy and yellow in color.

Grafted PawPaw- Benson ®

This is a productive variety with unique almost round fruit. The aromatic fruit has overtones of Banana, Pineapple and Mango. The flesh is a darker orange color and the fruit has a lower percentage of seed by weight than many other varieties. The fruit are large and the trees are disease resistant.

Grafted PawPaw- Chappell ®

Chappell produces large to very large aromatic, sweet, flavorful fruit. Fruit size averages 1/2 to 3/4 lb with a few that top 1 pound! It is a very fast growing selection with very good disease resistance. Fruit ripens late in the season.

Grafted PawPaw- Sunflower

Sunflower PawPaw is a Kansas variety chosen for large fruit with few seeds. Reported to be self
fertile.Sunflower has yellow skin and a clean yellow flesh when ripe in mid to late September

Grafted PawPaw- Green River Belle

Green River Belle is an older Kentucky variety that is somewhat productive of medium sized fruit with a good flavor.

Grafted PawPaw- Overleese

Grafted PawPaw- Nyomi’s Delicious

Grafted PawPaw Kentucky Champion

Kentucky Champion comes from Madison County Kentucky. It is a vigorously growing tree that produces a moderate crop of half pound+ fruit. The large fruit has a flavor that is a mellow tropical Mango with an aromatic aftertaste.

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Atwood, Benson, Chappell, Sunflower, Green River Belle, Overleese, Nyomi's Delicious, Kentucky Champion

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