KSU Chappell ™ Pawpaw Tree – NATURALLY GROWN


Outstanding sweet tropical flavor, nice thick texture, and beautiful,large fruits. KSU Chappell TM is an impressive new cultivar developed by Kentucky State University. Very fast growing- no pawpaw grows as fast and vigorous as this one.


Outstanding sweet tropical flavor, nice thick texture, and beautiful, large fruits. ‘KSU Chappell TM’ is an impressive newer cultivar developed by Kentucky State University. Impressively fast growing- no pawpaw grows as fast and vigorous as this one. We’ve seen them reliably attain twice the stature of other pawpaws planted of the same size and at the same time. A must-have pawpaw cultivar! Flesh is thick and custardy with an exceptional, exotic fruity aroma, honeyed sweetness and fruity flavor. It is likely a seedling of ‘Susquehanna’, which it resembles strongly, and is 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’s very likely 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, extremely fast growth and outstanding quality of fruit. We have witnessed them get about 5 ft tall in only 2 seasons from planting a medium-sized tree. Establishes much faster and easier than most others.


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. https://peacefulheritage.com/pawpaw-frequently-asked-questions/

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 8-10 ft tall 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. 9″ special tree pots. CHOOSE SIZE

Shipped March-June only. Sorry, we cannot ship POTTED pawpaws (June-July) to : CA, TX, AZ, NM, NV, OR, WA.

No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals are ever used on our pawpaw trees.


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