Butternut Squash, Winter Squash 'Neck Pumpkin'

Cucurbita moschata

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Neck Pumpkin
» View all varieties of Squash


Butternut (winter)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:




2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

4 to 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

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)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Drexel, North Carolina

Hanover, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 27, 2012, annzup1 from Drexel, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great-aunt brought the seed for this winter squash, which she called, "Japanese Sweet Tater," back from a trip to Baltimore in early 1950's. She gave some seeds to my grandmother. My grandmother grew this crazy looking monster and a few years ago, gave me the majority of her seed stash. Initially, I thought she'd made a mistake and given me a gourd seed. But, no. All I can say, is that while this winter squash is the BEST tasting that I've grown or had, after each plant gets a few fruits, start pinching the flowers back or it will run and run (maybe all the way back to Baltimore from foothills of N.C.). This plant, at least locally, is a seriously running vine; regardless of garden space, unless stopped after setting some fruits, it will run through everything else one has growing in a LAR... read more


On Nov 24, 2006, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

I did not grow this in my garden, but I found a huge "Neck Pumpkin" for sale at my local nursery. I should've weighed it and taken a picture... it was well over 10 pounds, and if the curve were straightened I'm sure the "neck" would've been at least 30 inches long in addition to the bulbous base. It looked like a huge, curled butternut squash.

I baked it and then mashed it for use in soup and pie. The flavor is outstanding, sweeter than the little "sugar pumpkins" I've used in the past. There is very little fiber, thanks in part to the small seed cavity (the neck is solid). The specimen I bought yielded about a gallon of thick pumpkin puree. It's a good thing cooked pumpkin freezes well!


On Dec 31, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An ancient form of butternut that can reach two feet in lenght. (120 day)