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NORTH AMERICAN PAW PAW

Paw Paw North American Asimina trilobaBy Scott Bauer, USDA (USDA ARS Image Number K7575-8) Public domain (Photo Credits)
Botanical Name: Asimina triloba
Description

The pawpaw is the only temperate member of the tropical Annonaceae family. It is a small, deciduous tree that may attain 5 to 10 m in height. In the forest understory, trees often exist in clumps or thickets. This may result from root suckering or seedlings developing from fruits that dropped to the ground from an original seedling tree. In sunny locations, trees typically assume a pyramidal habit, straight trunk and lush, dark green, long, drooping leaves that turn gold and brown in colour during the fall. Flowers emerge before leaves in mid spring. The blossoms occur singly on previous year's wood and may reach up to 5 cm in diameter. Flowers are strongly protogynous, self-incompatible and require cross pollination although some trees may be self-compatible it is a good idea to plant two or more trees for cross pollination. Fruits are typically 3 to 15 cm long, 3 to 10 cm wide and weigh from 200 to 400 g. They may be borne singly or in clusters which resemble the "hands" of a banana plant (Musa spp.). This highly aromatic, climacteric fruit has a ripe taste that resembles a creamy mixture of banana, mango, and pineapple. Shelf-life of a tree-ripened fruit stored at room temperature is 2 to 3 days. With refrigeration, fruit can be held up to 3 weeks while maintaining good eating quality. Within the fruit, there are two rows of large, brown, bean shaped, laterally compressed seeds that may be up to 3 cm long.

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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Warm Temperate, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

WA

Fruiting/Harvest Months

April, May, June

 

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North American Paw Paw 10/10

PaulandLina1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3292 days 4hrs

Comments: -

tolerates frost and something unusual


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North American Paw Paw (Grafted) 9/10

Linton's Edible Fruits
Update: 194 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Asimina triloba - Sunflower, Prima - Self Fertile with high quality fruit!


Have 4 trees that have been fruiting for the past 3 years including two grafted types. Also growing the self fertile varieties Sunflower and Prima which are most popular in Europe. 


Found that Pennsylvania Gold has exceedingly large fruit but a very bad after taste and therefore not worth growing in my opinion. The 'Louis' or 'Melbourne' variety is better with good size fruit but still has a little of the poor after taste. My seedling trees have sensational flavour, much better than the named varieties, but alas they have more seeds and poor flesh to seed ratio. Now pinning my hopes on Prima and Sunflower varieties for having optimum fruit but they are yet to reach fruiting age.



All are very hardy trees, can take dryness but perform better with some shade in Summer.


Fruiting Months January and February

Planted: 2013

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 6

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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North American Paw Paw

Anand Rathod's Edible Fruits
Update: 99 days 6hrs

Comments: - love taste

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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PaulandLina1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3291 days 5hrs

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Cold hardy strewth fruit


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North American Paw Paw (Seedling)

Phil3's Edible Fruits
Update: 3105 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Just put it in and looking for a named cultivar, preferrably grafted to put with it.

Planted: 2010

Height 40 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pest Control:

 


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Phil3's Edible Fruits
Update: 3105 days 10hrs

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I have a seedling of Asimina Triloba, but I am still looking for a named variety of good eating, preferrably a cultivar rather than seedling to go in hopefully with a bit of luck - my future Paw Paw Patch.

Pollination: No


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North American Paw Paw 8/10

Fruitylicious1's Edible Fruits
Update: 179 days 20hrs

Comments: - North American Paw Paw is a member of the annonaceae family (custard apple)  which include cherimoya, atemoya, rollinia, A. squamosa, soursop (graviola), soncoya etc which most of them have superb taste. Unlike the other members of annonaceae family asimina triloba can survive freezing conditions up to -25C when dormant especially the Canadian selection NC1. So gardeners from the temperate regions of Australia from Tasmania, Victoria to Canberra and some parts of inland NSW  if you are after a tropical fruit flavour (taste like mango and banana combined) but situated in a frosty area this is the fruit for you. Most asiminas need a pollinator to set fruit. But there are some American and Italian varieties that are purportedly self fertile (Prima - Italian, Sunflower and Sweet Virginia - both  are American selections). Unfortunately most asiminas in Australia are the self infertile variety. Seed importation is a prerogative for those seeking the self fertile cultivars.

Planted: 2018

Height 10 Inches

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dyna lifter, seasol

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: my hand

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Comments

Markmelb says... [213 days 4hrs ago]
I plant a grafted pennsylvania gold last spring after buying it in 2016 - a mate has Louis which tastes amazing - he also has some euro self fertile seedlings up and growing too - so keep on touch
Aaron Siemienow1 says... [176 days 11hrs ago]
wow, I didn't know we could get any known cultivators here in Australia. I am near albury/Wodonga and have 4 asimina's growing, all about 1.5-2m tall. they had set fruit this year (with the help of hand pollination) but the wind and the birds got to them. I will protect trees better next year, and hope to get some good fruit!

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North American Paw Paw 10/10

Richard2's Edible Fruits
Update: 2643 days 23hrs

Comments: -

I feel that its a native indiana tree that more people should see in abundance.


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