They're in Kentucky! Cool! I don't recall ever seeing any in our woods...wonder if I could plant some? According to the USDA state distribution map, they're here in Campbell county somewhere. Now I have a mission, lol. Thanks, Sharon!
My pawpaw (what they call grandpas in West Virginia) loved these and grandma still has several planted in the yard. The tree species of asimina doesn't grow this far south in Florida, but we have several species of small, shrub-like pawpaws. I've been collecting seeds lately from asimina reticulata because I raise butterflies and Zebra Swallowtails are my favorite. I wonder if the fruits of the shrubby kind taste anything like the larger tree variety. When I was opening them to get the seeds they did have a pleasant tropical smell.
Sharon, now cut it out!! You keep reminding me of things that I should be doing. I spent the first year here hoping to find some wild Pawpaws around here, and never did. Managed to block it out of my mind. Now it's back. Got plenty of "uppity" fruit trees, but not the natives that I _should_ be concentrating on. Sigh. Back to the hunt. Grumblegrumblegrumble :):)
I saw these everywhere when I lived on the plateau in TN but I never knew they grew here. That map shows them in two counties that touch my own. To think, I could have had them here all along. I'll have to get out and look for them down here now!
Thanks for the article, lots of good information.
What a great article!
As a young bride, I moved to SW Missouri , back in the hillsand was introduced to two new fruits(to me!).
One was Persimmons, which I quickly learned (and I still pucker just thinking of it) were best tasted after a hard frost! LOL
The second was pawpaws. We had several pawpaw trees further back in the timber.
Now, mind you, as a child we sang the song 'pickin up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket', but never thought of them being an actual fruit that was good to eat. How little I knew! I loved the taste and texture, but never knew they could be cooked.
I never actually saw the trees either, my hubby would bring them home after coon hunting out in those parts of our timber.
I love your articles, Sharon. Not only are they informative and interesting, but wonderfully entertaining. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into each one.
I loved the taste and texture, but never knew they could be cooked.
Hello from Alaska again...
I am building a memory garden for DG member Carol Eads, and am staying with her sister while I do so. Wonderful place here, and I have seen so much amazing nature...I can't begin to tell you.
I am so glad you enjoyed the article...all of you. Pawpaws are wonderful, and I can probably get some seeds from home this fall. I will beg and plead with my brother to save a bunch for me. I also remember the Picking up Pawpaws, put em in your pocket song...
Thanks for reading, and am so glad you enjoyed...
I will be here until Monday, then back to KY, but I have had a glorious time!
I am "desperate" to grow pawpaws, and have bought one
native and several grafted ones, and tried my best to make
them happy. This spring, finally, the oldest tree, which is one
named "Sunflower" and said to be self-fertile, had lots of
blooms, but I see no fruit!!! I am wondering if it did not get
Do you have any advice for my struggling pawpaws????
I don't know what pH they like, for instance.
Imanerd, (cute name) it looks very much like a pawpaw tree to me, particularly the fruit. Hope it is. It will ripen more in the fall, and turn very blackish brown, like a too ripe banana.
You can take photos of it along the way and I will be able to see more about it.
Oh goodie! Just keep water in the skinny one and it should be ok. Even if it starts to die, they'll usually throw up a pup or two to try and survive. I had one in a pot on the doorstep that I totally neglected after it bloomed. I still had some in the backyard so I wasn't too concerned, but it made a pup and now I have another one! Check around the base of it and see if there are any suspicious nubs that look like pups. I had that skinny one in a bit of shade so if you've got it in full sun it might just be adjusting to the change.
I am totally shocked!!! I've been wanting to grow pawpaws for several years now!!! I planted three trees in 2004 and one died shortly after planting, one was trampled by the kids while playing baseball, and the other was crushed by a tree during Hurricane Katrina. I ordered two more earlier this year but they were in bad shape when I received them - one has died already and the other is barely hanging in there. I have over 40 fruit trees and have never had this much trouble with any of the rest (this is not the pawpaw's fault...just bad luck).
I was lucky to have spotted this little tree because it was surrounded by stickers and brush. At first glance I thought it was a volunteer fig since I have one planted about 10 feet away. Although something has been eating the leaves, the tree seems very healthy. Do they always produce fruit at such a young age? Wouldn't there have to be another pawpaw in the area for pollination?
Did it bloom, and did the flowers smell like a dead animal?? If yes, it definitely is a pawpaw and chances are there is another not too far away. I will check that out for sure. They grow best in an understory, but in a place where the larger trees can be cut away after a couple of years. Too much sun at a young age is not good. Yours must be in a happy place.
If there is an odder, no matter how horrific there are flies.
I have ( a weed) next to the house, it gets very large cut leaves and white flowers on top almost like elderberry, that kind of cluster anyway. It don't smell bad at all, but it sure does attract flies. then that cluster of blossoms turns into a big seed head. I like the looks of the leaves. I always just cut off the seed heads. the plant comes back year after year. I might bag a seed head and get some seeds and start one in another spot. I don't know if I would want to get a bunch running rampant.
Okay, Sharon, no panic yet. It's funny, when I moved here, I only expected to find two things, sassafrass, and PawPaws. Of course, I have neither one :(. On the plus side, I have blackberries (tho sour in this drought), a little wild plum tree (that I just found this spring) some kind of a choke/black/wild cherry (but it seems to have the fruit of one kind, and the bark of another) everywhere, and surely much more to be discovered...
Yup, it's an adventure. Now, if I could just figure out where my property lines are...