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#3490606 - 12/08/13 12:11 PM Pawpaw trees
Snowwolfe
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Plan on planting some pawpaw trees next spring. Any tips or suggestions?
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#3491098 - 12/08/13 06:13 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Snowwolfe]
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Those things are too cool. Are there any wild ones left?
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#3491268 - 12/08/13 07:28 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Greenhead]
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tens of millions
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#3492337 - 12/09/13 12:40 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: diamond hunter]
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we had some at our old house. i found a few on a creek bank up in claiborne co. i like them.
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#3498750 - 12/13/13 09:08 AM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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Got em at my place growing wild.
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#3498896 - 12/13/13 11:01 AM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Jmed]
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No shortage of them.... Usually on hillsides or creek bottoms
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#3515929 - 12/25/13 06:08 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: catman529]
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Lots of them wild.
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#3518620 - 12/27/13 05:20 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Doskil]
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I see lots of trees? bushes? but never any mature fruit. Lots of dark purple/maroon blossoms in the spring.
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#3530340 - 01/04/14 11:05 AM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Swampster]
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 Originally Posted By: Swampster
I see lots of trees? bushes? but never any mature fruit. Lots of dark purple/maroon blossoms in the spring.
the trees grow in groves like aspens or sassafras, connected by the roots so many patches of trees are the same tree. They can't self pollinate and need another tree to cross pollinate usually a good patch of them has more than one tree so they should produce some fruit. But the flowers don't depend on regular pollinators like bees. Only some bugs like flies will occasionally visit the flowers so pollination is more sparse. Last year I found fruit all over the place, seemed to be a good year.

Also, the fruit typically ripen in September.


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#3546263 - 01/14/14 01:01 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: catman529]
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What does a PawPaw fruit taste like?
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#3547016 - 01/14/14 11:14 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Legnip]
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 Originally Posted By: Legnip
What does a PawPaw fruit taste like?
real sweet kind of tropical, the flavor can vary among stands of trees, but generally a banana/mango flavor often with hint of pineapple and melon. Texture is soft like a ripe avocado, maybe a little softer in a real ripe fruit.
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#3550826 - 01/17/14 05:55 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: catman529]
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One of you Paw Paw experts tell me why I have a bazillion of these growing around the creek that runs through the knobs on our farm that never have any fruit. I've only actually seen one Paw Paw fruit on one of the trees and this tree was in a different spot growing in a patch of woods amongst a few others and growing almost horizontal between a couple oak trees.
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#3551084 - 01/17/14 09:21 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: BlountArrow]
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I have plenty of them. Most wont have fruit but some will.
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#3551087 - 01/17/14 09:26 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Here's some I had this summer.
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#3565364 - 01/28/14 06:27 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Anyone know if it is true the blossoms smell like rotting meat?
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#3565906 - 01/29/14 12:06 AM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: DaveB]
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 Originally Posted By: DaveB
Anyone know if it is true the blossoms smell like rotting meat?

not at all to me, although it doesn't have a sweet fragrance like a normal flower. There is no way to describe it really, it smells like the pawpaw flower, and has a very light odor that you can't smell unless you stick your nose in it.
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#3566993 - 01/29/14 05:49 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
One of you Paw Paw experts tell me why I have a bazillion of these growing around the creek that runs through the knobs on our farm that never have any fruit. I've only actually seen one Paw Paw fruit on one of the trees and this tree was in a different spot growing in a patch of woods amongst a few others and growing almost horizontal between a couple oak trees.


Paw paws commonly form huge clonal colonies- those creekbank thickets are actually one big plant connected to a common root system. They are poor self-pollinators. Also, the limited sunlight of growing under a canopy will limit fruit production.

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#3606376 - 03/03/14 09:33 PM Re: Pawpaw trees [Re: MickThompson]
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I have three of the Pawpaw tree colonies on my farm. Not a single tree produces fruit! So I started 9 pawpaw trees from seed last fall. As soon as this ice storm thaws, I am planting 3 trees in each of the colonies. It will take several years, but I'm hoping to introduce other trees for pollination.

Wishing for the best: Pawpaw jelly is terrific!
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