Paw Paw Tree

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Planting Zones 5-8
Height At Maturity
Under 20 Feet
Sun And Shade, Full Shade,
Sun And Shade, Full Shade,
November Through April
Flower Gardens And Beds,
Bloom Season
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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April


Paw paw Tree 


 The Paw Paw tree is a flowering fruit tree native to the Eastern United States and Canada, where it usually grows as an understory tree in temperate deciduous forests. The word pawpaw comes from the Algonquian word papaya, meaning "enlarge," but has also been suggested to come from pawpau, a name referring to the plant's resemblance to a monkey's paw.


 Paw paw trees are maple trees found in the Eastern United States. They differ from other maple trees because their leaves grow opposite on the branches, rather than alternating, as seen on most maple trees. They also have an utterly different-looking leaf structure to make matters even more confusing. 


 Uses of Pawpaw


 Native Americans used the pawpaw as food, drink, and medicine. The fruit was eaten raw, and the juice was used to flavor foods and make a simple syrup. The fruit was also fermented into an alcoholic beverage. Today, the fermented fruit is popular in many parts of the United States and Canada as a soft drink known as "Paw Paw wine."


 Paw paw seeds have been used as a treatment for diarrhea in children. Paw paw trees are the source of a variety of paw paw medicines. Paw paw shrub oil is used in arthritis and relieves joint pain, and the root bark is a source of an estrogen-like compound that may have contraceptive effects. Its leaves contain high omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C, and D. The American Indians used this tree to treat skin and respiratory problems, rashes, heartburn, sore throats, and earaches.


 Paw paw cultivation


 The paw paw is easy to grow in well-drained moist soil or preferably in a deep, rich loam. It prefers a slightly acid soil pH of 4.5 to 5.5. It can grow in full sun or partial shade, though it thrives in the dappled shade (light shade with some sunlight). It can also be grown as a container tree. Paw paw trees are propagated from seed or by grafting onto dwarfing rootstocks. 


 The seeds ripen between August and October, and the fruit begins to form around March in warm weather areas and later in cooler regions. The fruits mature from late September to January in cold areas and warmer ones from April to early July. The pawpaw tree is a diploid species with two sets of chromosomes, consisting of one chromosome set (n) and two chromosome sets (2n).


 Paw paw trees are propagated by planting seeds, but this takes several years before the seedlings are ready to be planted out. The trees are hardy to zones 4-10 and do well in the coastal plain. Seeds germinate best where the soil temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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