Susquehanna® Pawpaw Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Shade or Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Susquehanna® Pawpaw

Asimina triloba 'Susquehanna'®
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Outstanding for combining large size with rich pawpaw flavor, excellent sweetness and fleshiness, and firm, buttery texture. It has the largest fruit, many pawpaw varieties, sometimes weighing over a pound! With a firm texture and is less fragile than most. Turn your backyard into an island vacation with Susquehanna® Pawpaw trees. This delightfully tropical fruit ripens in fall to keep the summer vibes going! Deep purple blooms come in spring as it opens up autumn with gorgeous golden foliage. Cut open the fruit to a creamy custard, eat it up with a spoon or enjoy in a smoothie to add a mango-pineapple taste!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Shade or Sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

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

"Looking for a pawpaw with hardy fruit AND fewer seeds? Susquehanna® Pawpaw is the tree for you! This pawpaw mixes large fruits with thicker skin and a flavor that will make your taste buds melt in delight. The sweet fruits have fewer seeds than other varieties, making this an excellent choice for those who do not like a plethora of seeds. A moderate producer, Susquehanna® Pawpaw is an excellent choice for those who want to grow their own fruit without harvesting an overabundance.

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