Benny’s Favorite (275-56) Pawpaw Tree – NATURALLY GROWN



Excellent flavor and plump fruit size on this superior newer pawpaw variety. This pawpaw has excellent sweet flavor, smooth, creamy texture and attains a medium size of about 6-8 oz. Another excellent pawpaw from the breeding work of the late Jerry Lehman of Terre Haute, Indiana. Jerry Lehman was breeding and developing superior pawpaw cultivars that won many awards and are noted for their superior size, flavor and other desirable attributes. They represent the “cutting edge” of current pawpaw development and breeding and were selected out of over 500 trees planted at his farm. We are proud to offer his superior cultivars through our nursery. Also known as “275-56”. It is a cross between “Prolific” x “Sam Norris-15”.


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: Mid-late Season (Late September in Indiana)

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 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.


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