The pawpaw or “prairie banana” has a 4 – 6 inch long fruit that resembles a green potato, but with a rich banana/mango – like flavor. Demand for fruit exceeds supply. It is hard to believe a fruit with such a wonderful tropical-fruit flavor can grow in Iowa. When small, these trees are very fragile and need tender loving care. (including mulch and tree shelter) to get established. ( PawPaw Special Instructions) Two trees are needed for cross pollination. We have two different strains of seedlings available in 9 inch tall pots or bare-rooted.
Varietal Pawpaw Seedlings: These seedlings are open pollinated with grafted varieties such as ‘NC1’, ‘Pennsylvania Golden’, ‘Taytwo’, ‘Prolific’, ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Susquehanna’ and ‘Overlease’ as their mother tree.
Shensus Pawpaw Seedlings: These seedlings have either Shenandoah or Susquehanna as their mother tree and Shenandoah or Susquehanna as the pollinizer tree. Seedlings of their crosses have produced some outstanding new genetics (Regulus, Atria, Betria).
Large versus Small: We also now offer “large” pawpaws. These are pawpaws at least 2 years old that are also fast growers. They have reached a size of at least 12 inches and are in 4 x 4 x 9 inch pots. Small pawpaws are under 12 inches and may be in smaller pots.