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Asimina triloba, Papaw, North American Paw Paw

Hardy Tree

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This hardy pawpaw produces solitary, cup-shaped flowers and large, exotic foliage. During long, hot summers it will produce edible fruits with a delicious, tropical flavour, that can be harvested from September. In cool climates the Pawpaw or Red Indian Banana forms an attractive multi-stemmed plant that makes an unusual addition to the shrub border with its buttery yellow autumn foliage. Pawpaws are self fertile, and pollinated by insects, however the chances of pollination will improve when growing more than one pawpaw. Alternatively the flowers can be hand pollinated. Height and spread: 6m (19').

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 5 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 8 years.

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How to grow fruit trees

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, low maintenance garden, exotic garden, specimen plant
Flowering Period:
May, June
full sun, dappled shade
    • 1 x 9cm potted pawpaw plant

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Grow pawpaws in rich, moist, slightly acidic soil in a sheltered position in full sun or dappled shade. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil. Pawpaws require long hot summers to reach their full size and fruiting potential. In cooler climates, the pawpaw will form a multi-stemmed shrub.

Fruit and nut trees do not suffer weed competition well, so keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the plant. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Water Asimina plants well during particularly dry periods.

Pawpaws should be allowed to develop naturally, removing only the occasional misplaced or damaged stem. Prune in late winter or early spring while plants are still dormant. Caution: Pawpaw seeds and leaves may be harmful if eaten.

Useful links:

How to grow fruit treesFruit rootstock guide

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  1. An Unusual Fruit Tree

    By Alan Hartley 05-01-2012

    Admitedly when I received the PawPaw I thought it was very small, but it was still in the pot that it had been grown in and looked a great little tree when it leafed up. Being a bit of a collector of different fruit trees I was delighted with this rare and unusual acquisition that I had never even heard of before, or seen anywhere else since. As the PawPaw is a small growing fruit tree that is happy in the shade I have been able to make use of a bit of garden where I simply could not have planted any other fruit tree! I guess the description “Multi Branched,” means that it will grow much as Hazel Trees do in the hedgerows and if it produces fruit, as well as the Hazel in our front garden produces nuts, I will be even more delighted.

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