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The precocious pawpaw! Allegheny® Pawpaw is one of the earliest pawpaw trees to ripen, coming into peak picking season in the beginning of September and one of the most unique plants you could grow in your backyard. You'll feel like you're on a tropical vacation just stepping out into your garden! A flavorful fruit that smells just as good as they taste with a hint of citrus. The fruit may be smaller, but its productivity is more than abundant! This exquisite tree has a massive covering of large drooping, so dense it feels like you're in the rainforest as you search for the clusters of fruit hidden within the branches. Pick one right off the tree this fall in your own family orchard!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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"Way down yonder in the Pawpaw patch..." so goes the old folk song celebrating this beloved native plant, which has a long history in America. Pawpaw was valued in ancient times by Native Americans, and the delicious fruits later nourished European settlers and explorers like Lewis and Clark. Humans aren't the only ones who delight in this yummy fruit treat—wildlife love pawpaws, too. The foliage feeds the young of the dazzling white, black, and red zebra swallowtail butterfly. Pawpaw is the ONLY thing that zebra swallowtail caterpillars will eat, which is reason enough to grow this splendid tree.
Allegheny® Pawpaw is a highly productive Pawpaw variety that produces very flavorful fruit. The fruit produced from Allegheny® is the earliest ripening out of all Pawpaw varieties and produces one of the largest fruits. Before the growth of fruit, look for Pawpaw’s attractive flowers in mid-to late spring. These thick-textured, triangular, burgundy-colored blooms are primitive from a botanical standpoint. Exuding a very faint musky scent, they are meant to attract beetles and flies for pollination instead of bees. It isn’t clear whether or not a single Pawpaw Tree can pollinate itself, but planting two different trees will ensure cross-pollination, promoting optimum fruit set in fall.
Height: 12-15 ft
Spread: 12-15 ft
Exposure: Part Sun, Full Sun if established
Fall Foliage: Yellow
How to Grow
Pawpaw’s home in the wild is at forest edges or in the woodland understory, and it appreciates similar conditions in the landscape. It is happiest in a site with rich, organic-laden, well-drained soil and a generous layer of mulch. It flourishes in the shade but will tolerate full sun if it is shaded for the first few years and if regular irrigation can be provided. This tree doesn’t like constantly soggy soil, but it doesn’t like to dry out, either. Suckers may appear around the tree—this is simply Pawpaw’s natural growth habit. You may pull or mow off the suckers to maintain the tree as a single-trunked specimen, or you may let them grow to allow a Pawpaw patch of your own to form.
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