KSU Atwood™ Pawpaw Tree

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Large Crops & Rich Flavor: KSU Atwood™ Pawpaw Tree!

  • Green Smooth Fruit
  • Medium Sized
  • Creamy Smooth Yellow Flesh
  • Rich & Delicious Flavor
  • Low Seed Count
  • Excellent Flavor
  • Unusual Violet Blossoms
  • Pollinators Love the Blooms
  • Pest & Disease Resistant
  • Up To 150 Fruit Per Tree
  • Good Source For Vitamins & Minerals
  • Requires Another Pawpaw Pollinator
  • Yellow Fall Color

The Pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States but has been largely overlooked. It is a member of the custard apple family, which also includes a number of tropical favorites, like the Cherimoya, Soursop and Custard-Apple.

The Atwood Pawpaw (Asimina triloba 'Atwood') produces large crops of delicious Pawpaw.

In 2009, the Atwood Pawpaw became the first cultivar to be released from Kentucky State University's breeding program.

The Atwood Pawpaw produces fruit that is medium to large, round to oblong, with greenish skin. The flesh is yellow to orange, with plenty of rich, sweet flavor! This variety is known for its overtones of mango and banana. One bite will give your taste buds a trip to the tropics.

You will love all the desserts that you can make with the creamy sweet flesh. Everything from cakes to ice cream, just let your imagination go wild!

The Atwood Pawpaw flowers in the spring, and you will produce otherworldly violet blossoms that resemble bells. Butterflies and hummingbirds find these blooms irresistible. Unfortunately, they do not pollinate the Pawpaw and you will need another Pawpaw variety for cross-pollination.

How to Use KSU Atwood™ Pawpaw Tree In The Landscape

In addition to the delicious fruit, the dark green foliage of this small tree can be used as part of your edible landscaping. So you get two uses for the price of one.

The tropical foliage adds an exotic flair to your patios and foundation plantings as focal points and anchors. These trees cast cooling shade over your seating areas and garden beds.

You’ll turn heads with the unusual flowers, exotic foliage and unique fruit, plus enjoy the added bonus of incredible yellow fall color!

#ProPlantTips For Care

These hardy native American fruit trees grow best in USDA growing zones 5 through 9. Your Atwood Pawpaw will give you an incredibly heavy crop in mid-season. You won't have to worry about spraying because your Pawpaw tree is naturally disease and pest-resistant.

Your Atwood Pawpaw will do well in the shade but needs full sun for its most prolific crops. Protect your new tree from the full sun until it is firmly established (usually its second year in the ground). This variety will do well in most types of soil.

Preferring moist to average garden soil, any well-drained soil type is best. Provide a layer of mulch for protection from heat, cold and moisture loss.

The sooner you put it in the ground, the sooner you will be harvesting your fill of Pawpaw's. So, why wait? Just make sure you order a partner to help with the pollination too!

Order your KSU Atwood Pawpaw Tree at NatureHills.com today!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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KSU Atwood™ Pawpaw Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asimina triloba 'Atwood'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple, Red
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes