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Pawpaw 'Shenandoah'

Asimina triloba

Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Asimina (a-SEE-mee-nuh) (Info)
Species: triloba (try-LO-buh) (Info)
Cultivar: Shenandoah
Additional cultivar information:(PP14452, aka Shenandoah,Wansevwan)
Hybridized by Peterson
Registered or introduced: 2001



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Scarify seed before sowing

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Waukegan, Illinois

Bucyrus, Ohio

Primos, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2017, CharlieBoring from Fairfax, VA wrote:

My Shenandoah is 7 years old and has set its fruit for the first time this year after hand pollination from its companion tree, a Susquehanna. It Only had about 7 blooms and only about 5 have developed fruit. Can't wait to taste one!


On Jun 30, 2012, yankeemorgan from Aldan, PA wrote:

We planted 2 pawpaws about 8 years ago, and watched anxiously while they grew (and sent off many sucker plants).
Every year my husband threatened to cut it down because no blossoms and no fruits. I read up on it and found it takes about 7 years to blossom. THIS YEAR THEY DID!

Planted one fairly nearby under a 2nd 100 year old sugar maple--but out at the edge of maple's leaf circle. Both got good shade while young. 2nd one gets good afternoon sun as well.

I hand-pollinated both --- some pollen from the neighbor tree.
To be sure I also went to Swarthmore College Arboretum (Swarthmore, PA) and took pollen from its trees with q-tip and paint brush into a paper cup, then brushed it on.

NOW today (June 30) I count 15 pawpaw fruits f... read more


On Mar 27, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

"Selected by R. Neal Peterson as a seedling of Overleese. Large fruit with few seeds (approx 7% by weight). Flavor is refreshing and refined, agreeably mild and moderately sweet, with a pleasant, long-lingering aftertaste. Texture resembles a firm custard, firmer than wild pawpaws. Ripens in September in Kentucky. Patented 2004; propagation restrictions apply."