In 1541, Hernando DeSoto and his Spanish conquistadors were the first Europeans to encounter the Pawpaw, in cultivation by Native Americans. Lewis and Clark' Journey of Discovery expedition subsisted on Pawpaws for more than a week on the last leg of their journey home. And in 2000, Better Homes and Gardens voted it landscape tree of the year.
This often forgotten native tree is the Pawpaw, Asimina triloba (L.). With its delicious fruit and tropical-looking foliage, it is a unique candidate for any landscape that offers a moist, shady site. But, gardeners aren't restricted to shade sites to grow the Pawpaw successfully. In fact, it fruits much better in full sun, as do other fruit trees.
Interestingly, the Pawpaw was not propagated extensively until the mid-1980s when Neal Peterson stumbled across the interesting story about the Pawpaw's earlier popularity. Peterson found that a number of early 20th century Pawpaw breeders had identified and named several Midwest varieties. He tracked down the old, notable collections and the rest, as they say, is history.
After more than 20 years of selection and evaluation of 1500 seedling trees, Peterson has developed six outstanding, patented Pawpaw varieties. And, until 2009, horticultural aficionados could only obtain these premium trees directly from Peterson. But, beginning this season, Peterson has agreed to allow Forrest Keeling to represent his patented Pawpaws. Beginning Fall 2009, we will proudly offer five, patented Peterson varieties that we believe to be the best of the best. Our varieties are: Shenandoah, Susquehanna, Allegheny, Potomac and Wabash.
Our website plant record can give you more information about Pawpaws. Each Pawpaw variety we offer--including the true native--is known for its firm, fleshy delicious fruit with creamy texture.
Our Pawpaw specimens begin as one-year grafts on three-year-old seedling rootstock and are produced with Forrest Keeling's patented RPM system. Supplies are limited and sell out fast!
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