Not just a city in southwest Michigan where St. Julian makes wine, these native small trees are found growing in the shade of hardwood forests throughout the southern half of the lower peninsula. The trees have huge, tropical looking leaves and odd shaped, soft fleshed fruits that weigh from a few ounces to a pound.
Pawpaws ripen in late summer to early fall and each fruit contains several large seeds the size of kidney beans, The flesh tastes like anything from bananas to vanilla custard depending on who you talk to, and is considered by many to be a super fruit because of their high levels of anti-oxidants and vitamins.
These trees are 18″ – 24″ tall, and growing in one gallon pots. Pawpaws are difficult to transplant as bare root seedlings because their fleshy roots are easily broken. Success with potted trees however, is very good. Overall height at maturity is 15′ – 25′ tall, and trees should be planted in light to medium shade. Plant at least two trees near each other for proper pollination. Pawpaws are hardy to -30 degrees, so can be planted in most of the lower peninsula. Supposedly pawpaw’s are deer resistant, but I’ve never found any plant that is deer proof, so I recommend some type of protection from the animals until the trees are about 6′ tall
18″- 24″ well rooted trees in one gallon pots are $12.00 each.