KSU Chappell TM is an impressive new cultivar developed by Kentucky State University. Outstanding flavor, texture, and beautiful, large fruits. Very fast growing. A must-have pawpaw cultivar! Formerly called KSU 4-1. Flesh is thick and custardy with an exceptional, exotic fruity aroma, honeyed sweetness and fruity flavor. It is likely a seedling of Susquehanna TM, which it resembles strongly, another very excellent pawpaw. Fruits average around 8-12 ounces with some larger, around 1 pound. Trees are very vigorous, strong and extremely fast growing with large, healthy foliage. It might be the fastest growing pawpaw cultivar available.
KSU Chappell TM has become one of our favorite cultivars and is doing exceptionally well at our orchard in KY. It truly stands out in terms of vigor, fast growth and outstanding quality of fruit. We have seen them get about 5 ft tall in 2 seasons from planting a regular sized tree.
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.
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.
Plant size: Grafted, with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9.
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