The second named selection from the Kentucky State University Pawpaw Breeding Program! Boasts strong production, medium-large fruit size, excellent, outstanding flavor and texture and a unique, somewhat spherical-shaped, very attractivefruit. At a recent taste taste KSU Benson Tm (formerly KSU selection “Hi 7-5”) rated very high for flavor and texture, and at our nursery, we really favor this new variety. It is one of our favorites for flavor; it has a rich sweetness and thick custardy texture with orange flesh and low seed weight. Flavor is reminiscent of tropical fruit, butternut squash and sweet persimmon. We are very excited to be one of the very few nurseries propagating and selling this exciting, premium-quality variety! Quantities limited.
An interesting recent article on KSU Benson: https://kycapitalliving.com/2016/09/13/kentucky-state-university-announces-release-of-new-north-american-pawpaw-variety-ksu-benson/
Pollination: An Ultra-Select seedling pawpaw or any other grafted or seedling pawpaw tree will pollinate. 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: KSU Benson has shown better resistance to Phyllosticta Fungal Spot (black spots and cracking on fruits). Pawpaws in general show strong insect and disease resistance.
Ripening: Ripens mid-Late Season (Mid-late 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 are 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.
Plant size: Grafted, with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE BELOW
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.