Extra-early season pawpaw drops sweet, medium-sized ripe fruits as early as July! Extra-early ripening variety with medium–large size fruit of 7-12 ounces that, according to nurseryman Cliff England (who originated and introduced this pawpaw variety) Summer Delight “absolutely tastes delicious, has a yellow-tinted skin that is thick, and ships and stores well. The remarkable thing about this pawpaw is that it ripens in the last week of July to the first week of August. Here in Kentucky, of all the cultivars we have, it is the first to ripen. In most years the fruit is on the ground long before you expect it to be. Summer Delight has a smooth textured flesh, few seeds, and a mild after taste.” Overleese x Sunflower cross from the early 2000s made by Cliff England.
We found Summer Delight to have a very sweet, refreshing, pleasing tropical flavor and smooth texture with bright yellow, creamy flesh of good texture. This very early-ripening cultivar could stretch the pawpaw season considerably and create early marketing advantages. The very early ripening factor may make this a very desirable cultivar to trial in the shorter-season, northern range of pawpaw, such as New England and the upper Midwest. Very cool! We find Summer Delight to be a superior pawpaw worth growing, and another high quality introduction from Cliff England. Photos courtesy of Cliff England.
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: Very early-Season (Late July-August 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 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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