Paw Paw Tree

Paw Paw Tree

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Paw Paw Tree (Asimina triloba)


Paw Paw Tree: Asimina triloba, or the paw paw tree, is an unfussy North American native species. It grows extremely well in various soil types and across most USDA growing zones. Unlike many fruiting trees, the paw paw performs well in shady or semi-shade locations.


Gardeners prize the paw paw tree for its good looks and the large, delicious fruit it bears. The tree displays large, emerald green leaves in the summertime, turning a bright yellow in the fall. The tree reaches approximately twenty feet high at maturity, making it a very manageable size for most.


The Striking Appearance of the Paw Paw Tree


The paw paw tree, although relatively small in stature, is big in style. It has a full, thick canopy and dark green, somewhat glossy leaves that sway gracefully from their stems.


This tree performs well in woodland or naturalized areas, as it will thrive in shaded or semi-shaded conditions. It will also tolerate several hours of sunshine daily–just keep an eye on the moisture.


This tree attracts birds, who find security in the dense leaves, butterflies, and other small mammals. A paw paw tree houses an entire ecosystem that you'll enjoy watching.


Springtime brings on the six-petaled purple flowers. You can harvest paw paws sometime between the latest days of summer to early autumn.


Asimina triloba Creates an Interesting Fruit


Paw paw fruit is heavy and grows into an oval shape. Although the outside of the fruit resembles a tropical mango (and some folks mistakenly refer to it as such), they are entirely different species. The mango tree is tropical and grows only in sub-tropical and tropical climates. However, paw paw tree grows in cool and moist USDA growing regions in the United States.


The green fruit ripens on the branches and is ready to harvest when they are slightly soft and emit a fruity aroma. Some compare the fruit's taste to a blend of banana and pineapple--it has a smooth, custard-like texture and does not stay fresh for long after picking.


Order Your Paw Paw Tree From TN Nursery


TN Nursery suggests two paw paw trees (a male plus female tree), planted about thirty feet apart if you want to harvest this fruit. Order yours today.

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  • 5

    Posted by Adam Acker on Nov 01, 2022

    The tree came on time. Looks very healthy! In the ground on delivery day. Hoping to see some growth next Spring!

  • 5
    Paw Paw trees.

    Posted by david on May 09, 2022

    Delivered on time, ready to go.. Not my 1st order

  • 5
    PawPaw Trees purchased from TN

    Posted by James H. on Mar 25, 2022

    Bought 2 bareroot PawPaw trees from TN, trees were packaged well, healthy, and arrived quickly.

  • 5
    Paw Paw tree

    Posted by carolyn on Mar 11, 2022

    My tree came in a beautiful box with zero damage. The tree looks happy and healthy. As a professional gardnener, I am 100% satisfied. Thank you

  • 5
    Trees arrived in great shape.

    Posted by Tom on Jan 25, 2022

    Planted them as soon as they arrived. We will see this spring how they do.

  • 4

    Posted by Elliot Marshal on Jan 23, 2022

    A good accent in my garden. A fruit bearing tree with few of my other shrubs around.

  • 5

    Posted by Timothy Foster on Jan 11, 2022

    I am thrilled with my purchase! I desired some form of life in my backyard. The tree purchased are all healthy and strong!

  • 5
    Pawpaw trees

    Posted by John Smith on Jan 10, 2022

    This plant arrived on time and is very healthy.

  • 5
    Raving the Raven

    Posted by Jamie T Hawk on May 04, 2021

    Arrived quickly and in good condition. Now we anxiously wait to see how they grow! I haven't eaten a PawPaw in 64 years and have yet to find another person who has ever eaten one. Why isn't this native fruit utilized more often to feed our people around the world?

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April