CANADIAN Paw Paw - Taylor
The PAW PAW is North America's largest native fruit and was found growing wild from the everglades in Florida to the shorelines of the great lakes...one northern area had so many trees growing in the region, it was named Pawpaw, Michigan and the fruit became known as the " Michigan banana". Today the wild plants are almost extinct but there is renewed interest in the species since the US government recently allotted $20 million to research new varieties for their food, medicinal and horticultural value. Paw Paw is a small tree that produces hanging clusters of elongated fruit ( somewhat like banana) that matures its fruit in October in our Canadian climate. The fruit has sweet, yellow, custard-like flesh described as having a "deliciously tropical" mango-banana flavour. Latest research is showing that the Paw Paw fruit is loaded with health promoting nutrients...you would have to eat a banana, an apple and an orange( all 3) to get the same nutrient content as one Paw Paw...wow!
With its large drooping leaves and dramatic purple flowers in spring, the Paw Paw tree has great ornamental appeal as well. Our Paw Paw trees have never shown any pest or disease problems and now research on paw paw leaf extract are showing promise as natural botanical pesticides. Plant in well drained soil and protect from strong winds and grass competition for the first two years.
After nearly 40 yrs of planting paw paw seeds from all over North America and watching them freeze to death in our cold -40 C winters...we have finally got a few to survive and these survivors are now producing abundant crops of delicious Northern Paw Paws. The seeds from our best tasting fruit are used to now produce our Paw Paw babies( seedlings)... These "babies" grow very slowly for 3-4 years while acclimatizing to our cold winters, at which point in time, we offer the best selections to our customers...hardy paw paw trees about 50 cm tall. You can find warm climate nurseries selling pawpaws but expect to lose most of these non acclimatized pawpaw trees to winter cold if you do not live in zone 6 or warmer...as we did when first trying to grow warm climate paw paws. Plant two trees for cross pollination and hand pollinate the flowers to maximize cropping in cold springs.
We sell our 50-100 cm pawpaw trees for $65 each