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Potomac ™ Pawpaw Tree


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Extra-large, excellent quality fruits in abundance! This premium quality cultivar is one of the richest and most flavorful Peterson pawpaw. Has a delicious caramel flavor and a pleasant, thick, smooth texture.  Very popular.  Grows vigorously and manages to succeed despite less than ideal conditions.  Regularly produces Large-Jumbo fruit size.

Neal Peterson Describes Potomac in this way:

“A sister variety to Susquehanna with even larger fruit. Originated from an orchard near the Potomac river. A favorite of John Popenoe”

Key Features of the Potomac pawpaw:

  • Extremely fleshy. Percent seed ~ 4% by weight.
  • Flavor sweet and rich. Texture firm, melting, smooth. Flesh color medium yellow.
  • Fruit size typically 12+ oz. Medium productivity.
  • Strong apical dominance – ie, the tree grows very upright, is less spreading than most.
  • The overall fruit quality on this variety is impressive.
  • Dr. Pomper (KSU) insisted I release this.

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. May have some susceptibility to Phylosticta. See our pawpaw growing article for full information.

Ripening: Mid-Season

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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