Mild, delicious flavor, reliability, and big, plump fruit make Shenandoah TM an excellent farmer’s market and backyard pawpaw! Good fruit production and reliable premiumhigh quality and heavy yields. Medium-large size fruits with smooth, creamy texture. Mild, sweet pawpaw flavor appeals to many. Superior variety all around, highly recommended for commercial production. Seedling of “Overleese” pawpaw. Trademarked and patented cultivar “Wansevwan”™ U.S. Plant Patent #14,452.
Neal Peterson describes it this way: “This was my first variety. It is smooth and mellow, a mild well-liked flavor. It has been a consistent hit at farmers markets.”
Key Features of the Shenandoah pawpaw:
- Good Yields
- Sweet mild flavor
- Fleshy – only 6% seed
- Succulent, custardy texture
- Most popular at DC farmers market
- Responds well to pruning
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: This cultivar shows resistance to fruit cracking caused by Phylosticta. Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant. 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.