Wells Pawpaw Tree

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Unique Healthy & Oh-So Sweet Wells Pawpaw Tree!

  • Unique Yellow-Green Skin
  • Large Fruit
  • Creamy Orange Flesh
  • Honey Sweet Fruity Flavor
  • Wine-Red Bell-Shaped Blooms
  • Ripens In September
  • Good Source For Vitamins & Minerals
  • Disease & Pest Resistant
  • Ripens In Mid-Late Season
  • Delicious Fruit
  • Winter Hardy
  • Yellow Fall Color

If you haven't ever tried a Pawpaw fruit, the Wells Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba 'Wells') might be the one for you! For centuries, First Peoples loved gathering Pawpaws in the fall and enjoyed eating this delicious and nutritious fruit.

It is the largest edible fruit native to the United States but has been largely overlooked. David Wells selected this variety from a stand of wild Pawpaws in Salem, Indiana.

The Wells Pawpaw produces a fruit larger than most, ripening to half to a full pound. It has greenish skin and orange flesh, and its creamy texture has a deliciously fruity hint of bananas. It truly is a well of flavor!

Pawpaw flower in the spring, and Wells produces lovely dark wine-red blooms. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds find these striking blooms irresistible! The Pawpaws ripen in September, though closely related to the more tropical Custard-Apples, these North American natives are surprisingly cold hardy!

Despite all the pollinators that will be swarming your tree, Pawpaws are unable to self-pollinate, so you will need to plant a partner that is not genetically similar. Check out our other Pawpaw varieties to use as a pollination partner! You can also hand pollinate them using a small brush.

How to Use Wells Pawpaw Tree In The Landscape

You will only have a short wait to enjoy the fruit of your Wells Pawpaw because it will bear fruit after 2-3 years. Nature Hills is proud to offer mature trees that are already at least 2 years old! Well known for its larger crop, you’ll have loads of delectable fruit to try in all your favorite recipes.

Wells grows vigorously and is a welcomed addition to your garden, orchard, or any sized yard! You will enjoy its dark green foliage in the summer that turns to golden yellow in the fall.

Plant as an exotic-looking specimen or focal point for your front garden beds and borders. A modest-sized tree that fits into most yards and lots and is easily pruned smaller yet.

Keep at full size to cast wonderful shade over your seating areas or plant in rows along property edges for hedges and privacy! Create your own Pawpaw patch to ensure cross-pollination and have loads of unique fruit!

You’ll enjoy these delectable fruits for all your baking and ice cream needs! You’ll make some of the most unique ice cream treats with this custardy sweet fruit! Bake into bread, desserts and custards. Or just eat fresh by scooping the creamy flesh straight from the skin with a spoon! With fewer seeds, the large brown pods are easy to remove.

#ProPlantTips For Care

The Wells Pawpaw is cold hardy down to -20 degrees. It loves most types of soil but prefers well-drained loam that is slightly acidic. Hardy in all of USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9, these tolerate a wide range of growing conditions.

Plant it in full sun for best yields, but then protect the young trees from the full sun until they are well established. If you are using this variety for landscaping, it loves shade because in the wild, these hardy natives are typically understory trees.

Provide consistent moisture during fruiting and during the establishment period. Provide a layer of mulch over the root system to hold in moisture and insulate the roots.

Put your very own Wells Pawpaw and a Pawpaw partner in your cart today before they are sold out. The sooner you plant it, the sooner you will be enjoying the tropical flavor of its fruit and reaping the benefits of its vitamin and mineral-packed flesh.

Don't pass up this tree, with good crops of fruit with an exotic fruity aroma and honey-sweet flavor. Order one of the most unique native fruit trees you’ve never heard of! We’re sure you’ll be the first on the block to have your own Wells Pawpaw tree by ordering at NatureHills.com today!

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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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Wells Pawpaw Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asimina triloba 'Wells'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 10 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 10 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