Big, golden yellow fruits with excellent flavor and texture. We came across this apparent seedling pawpaw discovered around Berea College in Berea, KY. It stood out immediately due to the fact that it was just loaded with dozens of plump, attractive, impressive sized fruits (6-12+ ounces) and the ripest fruit literally had turned this beautiful and distinct golden-yellow color. This is called a “color break” to pawpaw researchers and is a very rare and desirable trait that lets you know exactly when to harvest the ripe fruit. Golden Moon fruits are very thick, custardy and have a delicious, very sweet flavor with a light yellow colored flesh. The few seeds are easily removed. Low seed weight. Very productive, tree gets loaded with fruit. Unlike any other pawpaw we’ve come across. Overall a very productive, excellent quality and hardy pawpaw to add to any collection.
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: This cultivar shows resistance to fruit cracking caused by Phylosticta. Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant. See our pawpaw growing article for full information.
Ripening: Mid Season (early-mid 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′ tall 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
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