Paw Paw Tree

Full Sun,
Height At Maturity
12-25 Feet
Planting Zones
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5-7 Days
Planting Zones 5-8
Shade, Forging, Landscaping, Wildlife,

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Pawpaw Trees


The Paw Paw Tree produces the largest fruit of any native to North America, making it a darling among property owners. Although the Paw Paw Tree presents many purely tropical plant attributes, it thrives in a temperate climate throughout the U.S.

It showcases dark green leaves during the warm weather months contrasted by lush burgundy blooms between March and May. The Paw Paw Tree’s leaves transition to a stunning bright yellow when the fall chill arrives. The tree derives its name from the large, green edible fruits called “Paw Paws.” The fruits mirror the flavor of those found almost exclusively in tropical climates. Paw Paw Tree owners typically allow the fruits to ripen on the branches and wait until they feel slightly soft before plucking them. The Paw Paw fruits do not generally have a long shelf life, making them a fresh harvest to table delight.

What You Need To Know About The Paw Paw Tree

The Paw Paw Tree can be integrated into a landscape and matured to its full potential height of 20-25 feet or deployed as a type of shrub with select pruning. It enjoys a robust root system that calls for significant space to spread. As a modestly-sized ornamental, this tree can mature in 3-4 years when planted as a sapling. It requires minimal attention, and deer tend to avoid eating its leaves and fruit. Landscapers and gardening enthusiasts should consider the following when planting a Paw Paw Tree.

  • Light: This tree requires full sun to proliferate and produce fruit effectively. It can, in some cases, tolerate partial shade but will likely not bear fruit as well.
  • Soil: The Paw Paw Tree enjoys broad flexibility in terms of soil composition. The pH can range from 5.5 to 7.0, and it prefers moist conditions with good drainage. Optimal conditions include rich loamy soils with plenty of organic matter, such as decomposing leaves and mulch. Avoid planting in primarily dry areas.
  • Hardiness: This fruit tree asset thrives in the humid climate found in the eastern regions of North America and generally resists cold temperatures down to 28 degrees. The Paw Paw Tree grows well in zones 5-8. Other minimal conditions usually include 150 days without a frost, 30 inches of rainfall, or equivalent watering care.

Property owners would be well served to include more than one Paw Paw Tree in their landscape. This species requires cross-pollination with others in its family. Best practices typically include planting Paw Paw Trees at most 30 feet apart.


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Reviews (1)

  • 4
    Easiest tree to maintain

    Posted by Tom Green on Dec 01, 2022

    Love my paw tree. Makes a great addition to my landscape.

Shipping Information

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.

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Ships November through April