Links for growing your own:
Neal Peterson is the godfather of modern pawpaws. His are the best I have seen
(not that I have seen that many…) or tasted. He started in the early 1980’s with the remnants of 5 historic collections
by previous breeders, and with seeds from known cultivars. From this he started with over 800 seedlings, and selected the
best, then grafted and did more controlled tests with those. The ones he now sells are the grafted very best of the best.
You simply can not go wrong with his trees. However, most years they are sold out. (If you order by the end of summer, you
may still get one the next spring. If not you can order for the following spring. Patience, grasshopper.)
Pawpaw trees from Neal Peterson: http://www.petersonpawpaws.com/Products.php
Burntridge has the cheapest
trees. Their “unnamed seedlings from parents of improved cultivars” at only $6 are a good bet for the parsimonious
Pawpaw trees from Burntridge: http://www.burntridgenursery.com/fruitingPlants/index_product.asp?dept=9&parent=7
KSU is the biggest academic site, and they list many other sources I have not tried. http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/pawpaw/nurslst.htm
Here is my first “wild” picture, and it is hard to see what’s
what. This is a small patch at the top of “peeper holler”. The small tree in the center, with the sun shinning
on it, is a pawpaw. There is a circle of smallish trees like it, and no other pawpaws close by. My expert friend Patrick says
this is probably a “clonal” patch, meaning there was originally one tree, which died, and these are the root suckers
from it. He says if I graft or plant a different pawpaw nearby, which can then pollinate these, I may get fruit on them. Anyway,
what you potential pickers can get from this picture is what a typical under story wild pawpaw looks like. Ideally you can
find some bigger trees in a sunnier location.
I was hoping to find some
wild patches full of fruit to take pictures of in October 06. No luck. Here is a different angle on the same small patch above.
I cleared a few hickory trees out of it.
Click for some newer shots on picking wild pawpaw and growing your own. http://pondermostly3.tripod.com/morepickingpawpawsinthewild/