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!
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!
#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
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!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Asimina triloba 'Benson'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 20 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Flower Color||Purple, Red|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|