Another variety newly introduced by the Kentucky State University breeding program, KSU-Benson ™ Pawpaw ripens in mid- season and is prized for it incredibly heavy crops, 150 or more fruit per tree, and rich and delicious flavor.
Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are one of the most unique and delicious fruits that can be grown in the backyard orchard. Native to eastern North America, pawpaws are the only member of the Annonaceae, or custard apple family, that is adapted to temperate climates. Its tropical relatives include the cherimoya, atemoya, guanabana, and soursop, and it is easy to see the resemblance between the pawpaw fruit and that of its tropical cousins. Pawpaw fruit combines delectable, fruity, banana-like flavor with creamy, custard-like flesh. Nutritious as well as delicious, the greenish yellow, 3″-6″ long fruit is unusually high in protein and is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Everything about this plant, from its leaf size and shape to the way its fruits look, taste and smell is tropical, yet it is cold hardy to zone 5 and can be grown in temperate climates from coast to coast. A slow growing, small tree, Pawpaw is naturally disease and pest resistant and features long, tropical-looking foliage that turns a striking bright yellow in the fall. The largest native American fruit, Pawpaw was a significant part of the Native American diet, and with our superior large-fruited varieties, is enjoying new popularity.
Latin Name: Asimina triloba
Site and Soil: Pawpaw likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Pawpaws are grown on their own rootstock
Pollination Requirements: Plant two varieties or a combination of seedlings and varieties for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: KSU-Benson ™ Pawpaw is hardy to minus 20°F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Pawpaw is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14, 18-21
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41