KSU Atwood Paw-Paw Tree

KSU Atwood Paw-Paw Tree

The Biggest Native American Fruit!

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 39770

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Related to the tropical Cherimoya (Custard Apple), Paw-Paw is actually a native U.S. plant that thrives in sun or shade and yields big loads of fragrant, succulent fruit! If you've ever wondered just what a "paw-paw patch" really looks like, grow this super-easy fruit -- now improved for even bigger yields and better garden performance by Kentucky State University (KSU).

Paw-Paw looks and smells like an exotic tropical tree. Its foliage is huge, and the fruit is magnificently aromatic -- you will smell it long before you see it! Greenish-yellow, it boasts a flavor that combines banana and vanilla notes with fruity undertones. The texture is custardy, leading to its common name of Custard Apple. It is related to Cherimoya, but with a richer, meatier flavor. Each fruit weighs up to a pound, and with KSU Atwood Paw-Paw, you can expect -- you won't believe this! -- 150 or more fruits from a single tree, every year!

Just 15 to 30 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide at full maturity, Paw-Paw grows slowly and steadily, resistant to just about all pests and diseases. In autumn, its big green leaves turn bright yellow before dropping, adding another season of beauty to its merits. In the wild it is an understory tree, so it tolerates any light from full sun to half shade. Plant 2 for cross-pollination, and within a few years you will be harvesting enough Paw-Paws to keep you in delicious eating for months!

And Paw-Paws are more than a delectable treat. They are surprisingly high in protein, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They formed a critical part of the diet of many Native American peoples

And although it looks so tropical and heat-loving (and really is quite heat- and humidity-tolerant), this Eastern U.S. tree is actually hardy to -20<°F! Expect it to begin fruiting the second or third year after planting, and remember to plant at least two trees for pollination. You won't believe the lush growth, heady tropical fragrance, and rich flavor of this native treasure! Zones 4-9.