Sunflower Pawpaw Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 8-15'
  • Exposure: Shade or Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Sunflower Pawpaw

Asimina triloba 'Sunflower'
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Add a splash of 'tropical' to your home orchard with the sunny and sweet Sunflower Pawpaw. This darling native tree will wow with its tropical vibe during the Spring and Summer months, but the real fun begins in Fall as the dark green leaves turn a sensational yellow. The fruits on the Sunflower Pawpaw arrive a tad later than other varieties (late September into early October), but they stun just the same - with the banana custard flavor, creamy texture, and dose of healthy nutrients, vitamins, and proteins, the fruit on the Sunflower Pawpaw are a delightful, healthy treat for all to enjoy!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 8-15'
  • Exposure: Shade or Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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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. Sunflower continues to carry on in the American history books, being found in the wild by Milo Gibson in Kansas, circa 1970. 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.

The Details

Sunflower will be shining the happy rays your way when you plant this fun pawpaw in your landscape. This self-fertile pawpaw is one of the most productive of all the pawpaw varieties, making this a great choice if you want to have a bountiful harvest. Sunflower is also a late-season producer, allowing you to have an extended pawpaw harvest in your yard!

Height: 15-20 ft
Width: 15-20 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Shade or Sun
Avg Mature Height 15-20'
Avg Mature Width 15-20'
Spacing 8-15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Light Green
Fall Leaf Color Brilliant Yellow
Flower Color Purple/Maroon
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Light Green
Fruit Time Fall
Foliage Color Light Green
Bloom Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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