Shenandoah® Pawpaw Tree
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Shenandoah® Pawpaw Tree
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Growth Facts

Shenandoah® Pawpaw

Asimina triloba 'Shenandoah'™

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Shenandoah is here to bring you some of the largest, tastiest pawpaw fruit out of all pawpaw varieties. Grab a spoon and a comfy chair as you slice open one of Shenandoah's large fruits to enjoy under the shade of the pawpaw leaves. Enjoy the burst of vanilla-custard flavor that is sure to entice and excite your tastebuds. You'll want to hope for a hot summer, though; pawpaws require a long hot summer for the fruit to ripen perfectly for eating!

Growth Facts

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The Story

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. Human 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. In fact, Pawpaw is the ONLY thing that zebra swallowtail caterpillars will eat, which is reason enough to grow this splendid tree.

The Details

You'll want to make sure you don't hurt yourself when helping yourself to the fresh, ripe fruits from the Shenandoah® Pawpaw tree! Each fruit produced by this tree can weigh up to 1 lb apiece; that's a lot of fruit! Shenandoah® Pawpaw is a mid-season producer which will provide you with flavorful, sweet fruit with a custard-like texture. Did you know: consuming pawpaw fruit that is not fully ripe could cause some digestional pain; make sure that the fruit is ripe before consuming!

Height: 15-20 ft
Width: 15-20 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Fall Foliage: Bright Yellow
Zone: 5-9

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 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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Shenandoah® Pawpaw Tree