KSU Benson™ Pawpaw Tree

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Wild Pawpaw trees have been a hidden tasty gem that’s an exotic native found throughout the US! A new arrival to the Pawpaw tree family, the KSU Benson™ Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba 'Benson') is just as tough and hardy, as well as tasty, as the native varieties!

One of the smaller-sized Pawpaw trees available are ornamental and lovely landscaping trees. The large yellowish-green oval fruits can be quite large and smooth-skinned. Inside the ripe fruit hides bright yellow, creamy, custardy flesh with large dark seeds that are easy to eat around!

Scoop out with a spoon fresh or add these tropical-tasting fruit to quick bread, ice cream, and smoothies. With flavors reminiscent of banana, mango, pineapple plus creamy as can be. Harvest these high-yield trees around September to October and enjoy the highly nutritious fruit!

Planting and Application:

Tropical leaves in bright green are fantastic foils for the reddish-purple bell-shaped flowers that attract pollinators galore! Unfortunately, these pollinators don’t do much for producing fruit, so be sure to hand pollinate your tree or pair it with another Paw Paw tree variety.

Once you taste this unique native fruit, you and your family will want more! Not everyone has room for multiple trees, so prune these smaller as needed or try this High-Density Planting Technique in our Garden Blog to save space!

  • Ornamental and tropical foliage plus yellow fall color
  • Mid to late season harvest and huge crops
  • Fruits as young as 2-3 years old
  • Creamy yellow flesh inside greenish-yellow smooth skin
  • Custard-Apple family with Cherimoya, Atemoya, Guanabana, and Soursop

#ProPlantTips for Care:

While native, wild Pawpaw trees are typically understory trees, for fruit, it’s best to plant your tree in full sun. If you are using this as just shade and ornamental qualities, these can tolerate partial shade.

Drought-tolerant once established, but for the best fruit provide your Pawpaw with weekly waterings in about any type of well-drained soil. Prune smaller if needed in late winter

  • Full sun to part shade in most types of soil
  • Cold-resistant & naturally disease resistant
  • Begins bearing fruit its second year
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Visit Nature Hills’ YouTube channel about caring for Pawpaw trees

Named after Dr. Harold R. Benson, director of the Land Grant Program at Kentucky State University for over thirty years. Order your own KSU-Benson™ Pawpaw tree and its pollinator today from NatureHills.com before this new variety is out of stock!

Buying Options for Plants

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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 Benson™ Pawpaw Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asimina triloba 'Benson'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes