Northern California heirloom variety has medium-large and richly aromatic high quality fruit. Late ripening. Introduced in the 1970’s. Rebecca’s Gold ripens in October in most US regions. Selected from Corwin Davis seed by J.M. Riley in 1974. Reports of this cultivar doing well in Northern California are reported. Fruits are mild and sweet, with creamy yellow flesh. Thin skin, medium-low seed weight. Sometimes this cultivar is reported to produce large size fruits (1 pound or more) but average tends to be 5-6 ounces. Not recommended to plant in the Northern ranges of pawpaw territory (New England, upper Midwest).
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. See our pawpaw growing article for full information.
Ripening: Late Season (October most areas).
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
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