Highest Quality. Prima is a fascinating, premium quality Italian cultivar- yes, people now grow pawpaws even in Italy! Selected as the very best seedling from a planting of 1000 seeds of “Sunflower” pawpaw. Prima produces exceptionally large fruits (often over 1 pound) and especially attractive fruits with durable, blemish-free, rubbery skin with an attractive, smooth shiny green exterior. Precocious (starts bearing fruit quickly) and vigorously fast growing. Fruits are very sweet, the texture is incredibly smooth, very silky, creamy, marshmallow-like and the mild tropical flavor is especially appealing. Very low seed weight per fruit. Flesh is light blonde-yellow. Only in it’s 4th summer in the ground it produced a crop and we harvested about 15-20 lbs of fruit from one tree. Very productive and reliable producer, fruits ripen late in the season, around late September when most pawpaws are finished. Many fruits were close to or exceeding 1 pound, with the average size around 8-10 ounces. Due to the late ripening season of this pawpaw, this pawpaw is NOT for planting in the Northern ranges of pawpaw territory, such as Pennsylvania, New York or New England. An exceptionally high quality and most desirable addition to any pawpaw collection! The more mild and sweet flavor would appeal to many, with outstanding texture. Would be an excellent commercial pawpaw cultivar for market growing. All around A +++.
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: Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant. See our pawpaw growing article for full information. Seems to be resistant to Phylosticta and is especially blemish-free in leaf and fruit skin.
Ripening: 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.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted, with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE
Shipped March-June only.