AN OASIS OF FALL COLOR AND TROPICAL FRUITS
- Velvet burgundy flowers bloom in spring
- Large tropical green leaves mature to bright yellow in fall
- Delicious custard tasting fruit ripens in fall
- Hardy, and adaptable to most soil types
- Hand selected fresh from our grower
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 15-20' tall
- Mature Width: 15-20' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 15-20' apart
Why plant Pawpaw?
Producing the largest edible fruit native to North America, Pawpaw Trees are the lush tropical oasis we all need in our gardens! A source of seasonal splendor with burgundy flowers blooming in spring, maturing into large, banana custard flavored fruits by fall, and bright yellow leaves for those warm autumn shades. Cut open the fruit to a creamy custard, eat it up with a spoon or enjoy in a smoothie to add a banana-pineapple taste. This cold-hardy tree will become the center of attention in your garden. Enjoy sitting under the canopy of elongated leaves on a summer day, just to reach up and have a snack!
Way down yonder in the Pawpaw patch... so goes the old folk song celebrating this beloved native plant, which has a long history in America. Pawpaw was valued in ancient times by Native Americans, and the delicious fruits later nourished European settlers and explorers like Lewis and Clark. Human aren’t the only ones who delight in this yummy fruit treat—wildlife love pawpaws, too. The foliage feeds the young of the dazzling white, black, and red zebra swallowtail butterfly. In fact, Pawpaw is the ONLY thing that zebra swallowtail caterpillars will eat, which is reason enough to grow this splendid tree.
How to use Pawpaw in the landscape?
The tropical appeal of Pawpaw trees would make you think they would be happier closer to the equator, but they actually thrive throughout North America and can be found growing wild in most of the southern states. Making the day of many backpackers and thru-hikers in Appalachia, picking these sweet desserts right of the tree!
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
How To Plant Pawpaw
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 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
It is recommended to fertilize Pawpaws twice a year in March and June with a well balanced fertilizer. We recommend using our Elements Starter Plant Food in granular form.
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.
How Does Shipping Work?
Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to be delivered.
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Bower & Branch big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks.
We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care, that means we deliver your trees and plants directly to you!
For big trees XL and Larger, we offer Bower & Branch Green Glove Planting Services – through our network of Licensed Service Providers we'd be happy to assist in installation.
Size Small, Medium, and Large plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. These ship in a Bower & Branch plant-safe designed box within 4-7 business days.
Bower & Branch trees and plants in sizes small, medium or large, are boxed and packaged in a plant-safe box, delivered by FedEx or UPS.
Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations.
Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.
From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health.
Weather in your region, as well as where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order.
Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.
Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers - Online Customer Service and Special Requests
The Bower & Branch customer service team WILL surprise you with a first class experience. The Plant Whisperer Team is available to all of our customers for all reasons: shipping updates, special requests, plant care, design, placement, selection and all your other gardening needs!
Our Service Team is directly connected to the best growers (ours!) across the country and have access to more plant experience and knowledge than any other online or neighborhood retailer. Chat with a Plant Whisperer today!
PlantWhisperers@bowerandbranch.com | (866) 873-3888
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
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).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 866-873-3888
- Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).