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Allegheny ™ Pawpaw Tree


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Early-ripening with extra-sweet flavor and firm, creamy texture! Allegheny is a vigorous cultivar that grows well and produces high-quality fruit. Fruits are smaller than other Peterson cultivars but are high quality. Thinning out some of the clusters results in larger fruit size on this one. A great backyard pawpaw tree due to the heavy productivity of pawpaws, high quality fruits and strong growth.

Neal Peterson selection described by him as follows:

Key Features of the Allegheny pawpaw:

  • Medium fleshiness. Percent seed ~ 8% by weight.
  • Flavor sweet, rich, a hint of citrus. Texture medium firm, smooth. Flesh color yellow.
  • Trees will require fruit thinning to keep fruit size over 8 oz.
  • This has been a continual favorite of those who taste it.


Pollination: An Ultra-Select seedling pawpaw or any other grafted cultivar or seedling pawpaw tree will pollinate it. For good pollination, plant trees 8-15 ft away from each other only. Pawpaws are not male and female, but rather have “male and female” flower parts on each flower. Every tree is capable of bearing fruit if pollinated well with pollen from another genetically different pawpaw tree. Hand pollination results in heaviest fruit set.

Resistant to: Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant. See our pawpaw growing article for full information.

Ripening: Early-Season (Early September in KY)

Site requirements: Full sun location for best fruit production. Pawpaws will grow in shade but produce much less fruit. Pawpaws tolerate a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained and there is heavy mulch and plenty of fertilizer and water. Protected locations, such as on the South, East or West side of a building is ideal on very windy sites and is recommended.

Size at maturity: 15-20′ tall and wide, depending on location, care and pruning to reduce height. We recommend heading them at about 10″ and removing suckers, both of which keep the trees very manageable and small.

Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (Estimate)

Plant size: Grafted, with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE

Shipped March-June only.

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