Asimina triloba ‘KSU’ (paw paw ‘ksu’)


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Paw paws are not only delicious but the largest fruit native to the United States. They look like mangos, but taste like a custardy bannana crossed with apple. Or some say a pear crossed with a mango.  Although there are different variations of these flavors. If you have never tasted or heard of a Paw Paw you are missing out! Not only are paw paws easy to grow and a very tasty fruit, they are also super nutrious and high in vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese. The fruit rippen for several weeks in September and October, but don’t travel well. This is why you don’t see them commercialy available. Enough about the fruit! The tree itself is fast growing, and self-incompatible. This means you need 2 genetically different trees for them to pollinate and produce fruit. Furthermore they are not pollinated by bees, but by beatles and flies mostly. My mom plants at least 2 very close, so that their branches are entertwined when mature. Sometimes she’ll hang an old piece of meat to a branch when they are blooming, to help attract it’s pollinators. You can also use something yeasty or fermenty to attract the flies and beatles. The photo you see os of my mom holding a days bounty of paw paws during fruiting season. She just gives the tree a little shake and then picks the ones that fall from the ground! She gets abundant harvests from her 3 trees. They fruit best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. However, they need protective shade to be safe when young. Grow in, rich, organic, well drained soil with a P.H. between 5.5-7. Paw paw trees themselves are deer resistant, but their fruit is most beloved by many different wildlife!

“KSU cultivar seedlings: These seedlings are grown from seed of mixed cultivars that originated from the well-known and well-established pawpaw breeding program at Kentucky State University. Pawpaw trees require good shade for the first two or so years of life, and after being well-established, can withstand direct sun exposure. However, I recommend keeping an eye on transplants of any age if planted in a sunny exposure. Re-establishment of the root system of pawpaw trees after transplanting can take some time, and providing a means of temporary shade can prove beneficial. I have achieved this using cages and row cover, stakes and bean crates, and by growing them beneath trees or shrubs or that are intended to be cut down or removed once the pawpaws are well-established and can handle the sun exposure.”” -Fernwood Nursery”

Asimina triloba ‘KSU’ (paw paw ‘ksu’)

  • Full Sun to Part Shade (Shade necessary for young trees, but full sun better for fruit production in mature trees.)
  • Loamy Moist to Average Soil
  • 15′-25′ Height, 10′-15′ Width
  • Edible
  • Pollinator Plant
  • Host Plant
  • Provides Shade
  • Fall Foliage
  • Attracts Wildlife
  • Deer/Rabbit Resistant Tree( tree is, fruit is not)
  • Self-Incompatible(need 2 trees to produce fruit)
  • Subdioecious(flowers have both female and male sex organs)

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