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NC-1 Pawpaw Tree


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Excellent quality, large, round fruits with few seeds, great flavor and nice, thick texture make NC-1 a top cultivar.  Very cold hardy, early ripening and proven in zone 5 northern climates! Considered not only one of the best cultivars in general but also has good potential for developing other early-ripening, cold-hardy and resilient northern cultivars, due to it’s Ontario, Canada origination. Fruit texture and flavor is excellent, smooth, buttery and very sweet.

Seedling of Davis x Overleese; selected by R. Douglas Campbell, Ontario, Canada, in 1976. Fruit has few seeds; yellow skin and flesh; thin skin; early ripening, September 15th in Ontario and early September ripening in Kentucky. Fruit size large; averaging 180 g/fruit and 45 fruit per tree at KSU. Highly recommended. 

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: This cultivar shows resistance to extreme cold and Phyllosticta fungus. 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 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.

Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (Estimate)

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

Shipped March-June only.

Additional information

Tree Size

REGULAR 12-24"+, LARGE 24"+, SUPREME GRADE 3-YR, 24-36"+ THICK CALIPER 1 Gallon Pot


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