NC-1 Pawpaw Tree

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Great All-Around Choice - NC-1 Pawpaw Tree!

  • Very Sweet & Creamy
  • Yellowish-Green Thin Skin
  • Fantastic Smaller Size
  • Early Ripening Variety
  • Large Fruit
  • High Pulp to Seed
  • Reddish-Purple Bell-Shaped Blooms
  • Butterflies Adore the Blossoms
  • Cold Hardy
  • Lemony Yellow Fall Color
  • Good Production
  • Disease & Insect Resistant
  • Requires Pollinator Plant

The NC-1 Pawpaw (Asimina triloba 'NC-1') is an amazing choice for your garden or landscape, despite its sterile-sounding clinical name. But what makes it a superb Pawpaw is it ripens early, produces a large crop, resists the cold along with insects and disease!

Long before the earliest Europeans came to North America, Native Americans used the Pawpaw as part of the fall diet. Despite being very sweet in flavor and one of the northernmost members of the Custard-Apple family, it has been largely ignored by fruit producers. But that is coming to an end as many backyard gardeners are discovering this delicious and nutritious fruit!

Like many varieties, the NC-1 Pawpaw will give you large, oblong, round fruit with yellow-green skin. The NC-1's yellow flesh is very sweet with a smooth texture and rich flavor of banana, mango, and melon flavor.

Remove the thin skin and blend it into a delicious smoothie. You can also bake many delicious desserts like pies and cakes as well as churn them into fantastic ice cream!

They’re perfect for fresh eating, scooping the creamy yellow flesh right out of the skin, it’s custard-like all on its own - smooth and creamy! The large brown, shiny seeds are easy to remove and feature a high pulp-to-seed ratio.

Filled with tropical green leaves and an exotic look, these are lovely for highlighting your front, side and back yards as well as provide you and your family delicious fruit!

How to Use NC-1 Pawpaw Tree In The Landscape

The NC-1 Pawpaw flowers in the spring with lovely dark red to reddish-purple bell-shaped blossoms. You would be surprised by the number and variety of butterflies this variety attracts!

You will need to grow at least two Pawpaw varieties since they do not self-pollinate. If you want, however, you use a paintbrush and some patience to hand-pollinate yours. Or you can plant these in groupings with other Pawpaw trees, or create hedgerows for privacy and screening!

In addition, the fruit, this tree is delightfully attractive and will make for a wonderful shade tree.

Edible landscaping and dual-purpose landscaping suit these ornamental trees perfectly! Shade, privacy, fruit and a tropical feel from a hardy North American tree - all this and more are features of the versatile Pawpaw!

Remove the lower limbs and expose the trunks to create a great specimen tree with a lovely canopy. The long leaves provide great shade over seating and garden beds. Tuck one at the end of your foundation planting to soften your home’s corner while also adding a tropical finishing touch accent!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Plant in full sun for the largest crops, however, in nature the Pawpaw is an understory tree and can tolerate some shade as well! Plant in all of USDA growing zones 5 through 9, favoring morning sun and afternoon shade in the hottest of those zones.

Since the NC-1 Pawpaw was developed in Ontario, Canada, you can be sure that it will handle the cold that most winters can throw at you. This variety isn't picky about soil type, but try to plant it in well-drained soil with plenty of composted plant material and moisture.

The NC-1 Pawpaw is a good producer, so you can count on a sizable crop year after year. This small tree is not bothered by insects or disease, so no need to spray dangerous pesticides.

It's time to put NC-1 Pawpaw in your cart, along with its partner. Then, sit back and wait for your first delicious harvest of this sweet and delectable fruit! Head over to today to include this unique American native fruit tree into your landscape before they sell out!

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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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NC-1 Pawpaw Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asimina triloba 'NC-1'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 18 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 No
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes