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American Paw Paw - Cold Tolerant (Pre-Order for December 2022 Delivery)


American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

Our seedlings will be available from December 2022. Pre Order now! 

One of the most unique and delicious fruits that can be grown in the backyard orchard. Native to eastern North America, these are the only member of the Annonaceae, or custard apple family, that is adapted to temperate climates to -20 degrees.

Its tropical relatives include the cherimoya, atemoya, guanabana, and soursop, and it is easy to see the resemblance between the American pawpaw fruit and that of its tropical cousins.

American Pawpaw fruit combines delectable, fruity, banana-like flavour with creamy, custard-like flesh. Nutritious as well as delicious, the greenish yellow, 3″-6″ long fruit is unusually high in protein and is a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Everything about this plant, from its leaf size and shape to the way its fruits look, taste and smell is tropical, yet it’s cold hardy and can be grown in temperate climates from coast to coast.

American Pawpaw should produce good quality fruit and can also serve as pollinators for grafted varieties. Plant two seedlings, or a combination of seedlings and grafted varieties, for cross-pollination.

A must have for every NZ Plant Enthusiast!

We have 5-6 different mixed varieties of American paw paw you will have a good mix for your garden! 

NB: Our plants are 1+ year old

Plant Care Specifications Doc

Plant Care


Full sun / part shade



Need regular watering and an irrigation system set up during dry and hot weather especially when the plant is young. Never let the soil dry when the plant is small.


Moisture-retentive / moist but well-drained 


Nutrient-rich soil is important for healthy growth and fruit production, so it’s generally recommended to fertilise paw paw trees at least twice a year, once in spring and again in early summer. You can use a well-balanced fertiliser, like a 10-10-10 NPK formula, applied with granules or in a liquid formula. However, your best option may be to add organic matter to the soil using compost, fish emulsion, manure, or a combination of all three.  


Can tolerate a reasonable wind but young plant needs protection cover to establish.


Hardy to -20c


 4-6 years