KSU Atwood Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba ‘Atwood’)
KSU Atwood Pawpaw Tree
The Pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States but has been largely overlooked. It is a member of the custard apple family, which also includes a number of tropical favorites, like the Cherimoya, Soursop and Custard-Apple.
The Atwood Pawpaw (Asimina triloba ‘Atwood’) produces large crops of delicious Pawpaw.
In 2009, the Atwood Pawpaw became the first cultivar to be released from Kentucky State University’s breeding program.
The Atwood Pawpaw produces fruit that is medium to large, round to oblong, with greenish skin. The flesh is yellow to orange, with plenty of rich, sweet flavor! This variety is known for its overtones of mango and banana. One bite will give your taste buds a trip to the tropics.
You will love all the desserts that you can make with the creamy sweet flesh. Everything from cakes to ice cream, just let your imagination go wild!
The Atwood Pawpaw flowers in the spring, and you will produce otherworldly violet blossoms that resemble bells. Butterflies and hummingbirds find these blooms irresistible. Unfortunately, they do not pollinate the Pawpaw and you will need another Pawpaw variety for cross-pollination.
In addition to the delicious fruit, the dark green foliage of this small tree can be used as part of your edible landscaping. So you get two uses for the price of one.
The tropical foliage adds an exotic flair to your patios and foundation plantings as focal points and anchors. These trees cast cooling shade over your seating areas and garden beds.
You’ll turn heads with the unusual flowers, exotic foliage and unique fruit, plus enjoy the added bonus of incredible yellow fall color!
These hardy native American fruit trees grow best in USDA growing zones 5 through 9. Your Atwood Pawpaw will give you an incredibly heavy crop in mid-season. You won’t have to worry about spraying because your Pawpaw tree is naturally disease and pest-resistant.
Your Atwood Pawpaw will do well in the shade but needs full sun for its most prolific crops. Protect your new tree from the full sun until it is firmly established (usually its second year in the ground). This variety will do well in most types of soil.
Preferring moist to average garden soil, any well-drained soil type is best. Provide a layer of mulch for protection from heat, cold and moisture loss.
The sooner you put it in the ground, the sooner you will be harvesting your fill of Pawpaw’s.
|Common name||KSU Atwood Pawpaw Tree|
|Botanical name||Asimina triloba 'Atwood'|
|Height||15 - 20 ft.|
|Width||15 - 20 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|
|Flower color||Purple, Red|