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‘Tropical Treat’ is a late-season pawpaw that ripens to a light yellowish color-break with a flavor that everyone seems to like, even the people that don’t ordinarily like pawpaw fruit. After the color breaks, the flavor is like a mild tropical vanilla custard. If the color does not break then the fruits will be smaller, seedier and less tasty. The texture is medium thick. Fruits are medium-large averaging about 180-200 grams. ‘Tropical Treat’ needs a long, hot growing season to develop good fruit. It pollinates well with other trees, but unfortunately it does not ripen to a color break unless it’s in a climate with about 10 or more summer days in the 90s. It is a productive tree with up to 100 fruits on it.
Excellent mild tropical flavor
Medium/large fruit size
Color break at peak ripeness
Edible before it is completely ripe
Very late season ripening
Not suited for short growing seasons
Not suited for cooler climates
Somewhat wispy growth habit
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. https://peacefulheritage.com/pawpaw-frequently-asked-questions/ This variety may be somewhat prone to stem-canker.
Ripening: Late 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 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. CHOOSE SIZE
Shipped March-June only. Sorry, we cannot ship POTTED pawpaws (June-July) to : CA, TX, AZ, NM, NV, OR. We can ship pawpaws to these states bare-root when ordered in January-February (if available).