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Close up of Rappahannock Pawpaw flower, small dark red flowers
Rappahannock Pawpaw in a fall landscape, in fall the large green oblong leaves change to hues of yellow
Rappahannock Pawpaw planted in a landscape, large green oblong shaped leaves on slightly upright branching
Rappahannock Pawpaw fall leaves, large oblong yellow and brown late fall leaves
Close up of Rappahannock Pawpaw flower bud, small green bud with fuzzy brown hairs
Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling
Close up of Rappahannock Pawpaw flower, small dark red flowers
Rappahannock Pawpaw in a fall landscape, in fall the large green oblong leaves change to hues of yellow
Rappahannock Pawpaw planted in a landscape, large green oblong shaped leaves on slightly upright branching
Rappahannock Pawpaw fall leaves, large oblong yellow and brown late fall leaves
Close up of Rappahannock Pawpaw flower bud, small green bud with fuzzy brown hairs
Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling

A TROPICAL OASIS OF SPRING FLOWERS AND CUSTARD-LIKE FRUIT

FEATURES:

  • A speciality variety of Neal Peterson
  • Red-purple flowers bloom in spring
  • Lush tropical green leaves change bright yellow for fall color
  • Cold-hardy tropical fruit tree
  • Custard-like fruit has a vanilla banana flavor
  • Pawpaw trees need a pollinating partner to produce fruit
  • Large fruit harvest in fall
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Asimina triloba 'Rappahannock'

Regular price $139.00
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Why plant Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling?

Rappahannock® Pawpaw, with foot-long leaves that droop lazily from the branches, will give your garden a laid-back tropical vibe. Plant it where you’ll be able to appreciate its bold presence throughout the growing season—especially in fall, when the foliage turns the color of ripe pineapple. If you plant more than one tree, you may also be rewarded with the gift of delectable fruits, which have a tropical flair as well. The uncommon pawpaw fruit contains a sweet, creamy yellow flesh that’s often compared to banana custard in flavor about the size of a potato.

The tropical feels are real with the Pawpaw tree, but only the Mango Pawpaw can bring the tropical feels home faster. Mango is a fast-growing pawpaw tree, small in size, however providing a bountiful harvest of the famous custard-apples that pawpaws are known for. Mango gets its name from the large yellow-orange colored flesh fruits that you can grow right in your backyard! Mango Pawpaw is an excellent addition to backyard orchards looking to grow unique or unusual trees that are not commonly found in landscapes or grocery stores!

This variety was named after the Rappahannock River in Virginia, as many pawpaw trees can be found in groves along the riverside, which many wildlife and backpackers look forward to each fall season. The earliest accounts of Pawpaw Trees in North America date back to 1541. A Spanish traveler named Hernando De Soto was given pawpaw fruits from the Native Americans who were harvesting the trees by the Mississippi River. Pawpaw fruit was a main source of food for Native Americans and Settlers as they lived and traveled through the land; they mainly relied on foraging for food. They were especially beloved amongst Native Americans, most tribes having a month dedicated to the fruits in their calendar, referring to them as 'asimi'. During the Great Depression, they were nicknamed 'poor man's banana'. After World War II and the introduction of other fruits, pawpaw became harder to find. Mainly seen today in farmer's markets, you can now keep the tradition going and harvest these delicious treats in your own backyard!

How to use Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling in the landscape?

Rappahannock® is a specialty variety of Neal Peterson. Neal Peterson is a well-known Pawpaw breeder, and is revered as one of the top horticulturists for Asimina triloba. A Peterson variety of Pawpaw means its more reliable, tastier, and guaranteed superior quality.

Pawpaw trees are a member of the Custard Apple Family, and Rappahannock® is one of the largest varieties. This ornamental tropical fruit tree is perfect for both front and backyard planting, with its many seasons of color and deliciousness! Plant 15 feet apart from a pollinating pawpaw tree and grow a large harvest with plenty to share! Wonderful in puddings, pies, baked goods, and for canning.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Rappahannock® Pawpaw Treeling

Pawpaw’s home in the wild is at forest edges or in the woodland understory, and it appreciates similar conditions in the landscape. It is happiest in a site with rich, organic-laden, well-drained soil and a generous layer of mulch. It flourishes in the shade but will tolerate full sun if it is shaded for the first few years and if regular irrigation can be provided. This tree doesn’t like constantly soggy soil, but it doesn’t like to dry out, either.

How To Water

Pawpaws will appreciate regular water during its first few years in the ground and irrigation during long dry spells after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Suckers may appear around the tree—this is simply Pawpaw’s natural growth habit. You may pull or mow off the suckers to maintain the tree as a single-trunked specimen, or you may let them grow to allow a Pawpaw patch of your own to form.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).

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