Prolific Pawpaw Tree

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SKU
10003672

While not well-known, the wild native Pawpaw tree is the largest fruit native to North America, and the Prolific Pawpaw variety (Asimina triloba 'Prolific'), is one of the most popular! It was developed by Corwin Davis of Bellevue, Michigan about 40 years ago.

Its fruit is delicious and full of vitamins and minerals! A mainstay during the fall for Native Americans, but while not well-known today, it is gaining popularity each year. The medium-large fruit is oval, pale yellow to light green skin. The flesh is golden and custardy full of sweet tropical flavors, like banana and just a hint of coconut.

Enjoy spooning the delicious flesh right out of the skin, as well as using it in a variety of treats like cakes, smoothies, and ice cream. What you can't eat fresh, you can freeze for later.

Planting and Application:

Prolific Pawpaw blooms are unlike most cold-climate fruit trees. They have a tropical flair with reddish to purple blossoms that attract a large variety of pollinators, especially butterflies. Use it as a backyard tree that will shower you with fruit, fun, and shade!

Pawpaws are not able to pollinate themselves, you need another variety so it will bear fruit unless you would prefer to hand pollinate yours. With vigorous growth, you’ll enjoy fruit in its second or third year! Remaining small with a conical shape, the green foliage lights up summer and turns a golden yellow with the colder nights of fall.

  • Oval smooth skin that’s greenish-yellow when ripe
  • Ornamental conical-shaped tree & exotic-looking foliage
  • Early To mid-season variety - usually September to October
  • Bears large crop of medium-large sized fruit
  • Sweet fruit & custardy flesh

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Prolific Pawpaw isn't bothered by cold winters, doing well in subzero temperatures. While it grows well in full shade, for fruit you’ll want to plant yours in full sun. Give it a new home in moist, well-drained soil, and will thank you by producing an abundance of fruit every year.

  • Cold hardy & disease resistant
  • Begins bearing fruit its second year
  • Drought tolerant
  • Water weekly for peak fruit production

Try this High-Density Planting technique found in our Garden Blog or our YouTube video all about Pawpaws! Enjoy the delicious fruit and watch the birds and butterflies that Prolific Pawpaw brings your way! Order now with its pollinator today at NatureHills.com!

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

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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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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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Prolific Pawpaw Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asimina triloba 'Prolific'
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