"PawPaw fruit is amazing. We purchased a gorgeous tree from HillbillyPawpaws.com"
M. Paterson from Dorset
Grown in the UK Climate
"I can't wait for the fruit to arrive!
We bought a Prima 1216, Summer Delight and Hillbilly"
Neal from Hampshire
Yummy and Nutritious
Dormant, velvety, dark brown flower buds develop in the axils of the previous years' leaves. They produce maroon, upside-down flowers up to 2 inches across. The normal bloom period consists of about 6 weeks during March to May depending on variety. Each flower contains several ovaries which explains why a single flower can produce multiple fruits.
Foliage: The dark green, obovate-oblong, drooping leaves grow up to 30cm long, giving the pawpaw an interesting tropical appearance. The leaves turn yellow and begin to fall in mid-autumn and leaf out again in late spring after the tree has bloomed. The PawPaw tree adds a tropical feel to any garden without overpowering the rest of the garden. Trees must be protected from direct sunlight for the first two years (until 2ft tall).
The limiting factor for pawpaw in the UK climate is clearly the maturity, the length of the available vegetation period.
we only supply Pawpaw trees that will deliver fruit.
These unique fruits are full of nutrition: high in vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese, and a good source of potassium, amino acids, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. They're a rarity in grocery stores because of their tragically short shelf life, grow on your own to experience the best flavour. Often described as a tropical blend of banana, pineapple and mango! In the springtime, dainty maroon flowers give way to huge, pale green fruits that can be harvested in early fall.
PREMIUM Hillbilly Trees
Our famous Hillbilly Pawpaw Trees are our most requested tree but did you know we offer other amazing trees?
PREMIUM Hillbilly Pawpaw Trees
Ultra Select Hillbilly seedling trees will have characteristics of the two parent trees, both with excellent world class parents trees. Grafted trees will have an exact replica of the parent tree. These are the best of our hand bred specimens and named varieties. Trees with poor characteristics have been removed from our orchard. Flavour overtones vary, we try detail flavours but they are subjective.
Fruits of the Atwood Pawpaw tree have a good, creamy texture, are sweet, yellow fleshed with a burst of tropical fruit flavour and fruity aroma. Heavy Producer of fruit. Ripens mid to late season in the UK.
Benson Pawpaw tree fruits have a good, creamy texture, are sweet, darker yellow fleshed with a burst of banana mango tropical flavour and fruity aroma. Heavy Producer of fruit. Ripens mid season in the UK.
Billy the Kid Pawpaw fruits have a nice yellow colour to the skin and are very pawpaw flavour. Heavy Producer of fruit. Ripens early season in the UK.
British Bulldog Pawpaw is a high quality pawpaw with a rich sweet taste. Ripens late in the UK, needs a sheltered warm spot in the garden. A high quality pawpaw.
A freestone, high quality pawpaw with a Cantaloupe melon taste. Average pawpaw fruit is about 310 grams. Ripens Early in UK.
Nice size fruit 8 to 14 ounces with great flavour (very sweet, no after taste), has a fruit flavour. Ripens early in UK.
KSU Chappell is an impressive new cultivar developed by Kentucky State University. Outstanding flavour, texture, and beautiful, large fruits. Very fast growing. Formerly called KSU 4-1. Flesh is thick and custardy with an exceptional, exotic fruity aroma, honeyed sweetness and fruity flavour. Very late ripening and a bit risky for ripening, so not for the average person's garden.
Fruit is 8 to 14 ounces. Great flavour (very sweet, no lingering aftertaste), has fruity flavour. Ripens early in UK.
Very reliable and productive, Davis Pawpaw bears large, high quality, sweet fruit. Not one of our earliest ripening varieties but mid season. In cooler areas we recommend one of the earlier varieties. A classic asimina triloba.
This pawpaw is very late to ripen. It is meant for the collectors of pawpaws who are willing to risk the fruit not ripening many years for the times it does ripen. High quality fruit when it does ripen.
Halvin pawpaw fruit are 8 to 14 ounces. Halvin has great flavour (sweet, no after taste), has a hint of pineapple flavour. Original tree was growing as an understory tree. A native pawpaw fruit to be found in southwestern Iowa, USA. Ripens early in UK.
Freestone pawpaw with a honeydew melon taste. Honeydew Pawpaw's average pawpaw fruit is about 275 grams. Ripens early in UK.
Amazing pawpaw flavour and is a vigorous growing in the UK climate. Produces pawpaw that range in size from average to large. Ripens very early in UK.
Classic pawpaw taste with all the best attributes.
Kentucky Champion pawpaws are large and mouth watering tasty averaging about 230 grams. The seed-to-pulp ratio is good (about 8.3%). The skin is attractive and durable; it resists dark spots, bruising and other unsightly discolouration. The pulp is firm and lovely golden-orange in colour with a mango-melon-orange flavour with a pleasant smooth aromatic lingering aftertaste. No bitterness whatsoever, the texture is smooth but not at all mushy. Sweet with a subtle tartness that's been likened to pineapple or raspberry. A good candidate for climates that are challenged for growing-degree-days like in the United Kingdom. Ripens early in UK.
This pawpaw is very late to ripen. It is meant for the collectors of pawpaws who are willing to risk the fruit not ripening many years for the times it does ripen. High quality fruit when it does ripen.
Winner of many Pawpaw Contests in the USA for flavour and size.
This early ripening variety from Canada, NC-1 Pawpaw Tree produces abundant crops of large and flavourful fruit. NC-1 is valued for its high pulp to seed ratio which means more delicious pawpaw flesh in each fruit. Ripens early in UK. The NC1 produces very few fruit but of good quality.
Large, oval fruit with delicious, creamy, yellow-orange flesh, Overleese Pawpaw was selected by W. B Ward in 1950 in the wild in Rushville, IN. Ripens late.
Recommended for cool summer climates due to its early ripening habit. We do not recommended this for flavour or texture, there are much better varieties available.
PA GOLDEN #3 PAWPAW
PA Golden is often recommended for cool summer climates due to its early ripening habit. Has firmer (better) texture than PA Golden and better flavour. We recommend other better quality early varieties over Pennsylvania Golden #3.
Prima 1216 pawpaw trees as self fertile. You still need to hand pollinate between the flowers on the individual tree for fertalisation. Excellent fruit but late ripening, there is a risk on it not ripening in cool summers or in northern areas.
Produces small to average size fruits however a fantastic flavour, very sweet and a pleasing almost citrus like aftertaste. Ripens early in UK.
Very reliable and productive, Rebecca Gold Pawpaw bears large, high quality, sweet fruit. Not one of our earliest ripening varieties but later. In cooler areas we recommend one of the earlier varieties.
Sunflower x Overleese cross breed. Medium size pawpaw of 8 to 12 ounces that tastes delicious, has a yellow tinted shin that is thick, and ships and stores well. Smooth textured flesh, few seeds, and a mild nice after taste. One of the the first to ripen. It is not precocious and takes 4 to 5 years to come into production, but it is well worth the wait. Ripens very early in UK.
Most Sunflower pawpaw trees as self fertile. You still need to hand pollinate between the flowers on the individual tree for fertalisation. Very late ripening.
Medium sized fruit, up to 6 inches long; weighing 180 to 300 grams, yellow greenish skin, yellow flesh, large seed, keeps well in cold storage. Has a thick skin and tastes like Mango with just a hint of pineapple. Observed to be one of the best tasting pawpaws on the market. Ripens late in the UK season.
PREMIUM Hillbilly Persimmon Trees
Selected Persimmon trees with amazing taste originating from world class parents trees. Grafted trees will have an exact replica of the parent tree. Bred by the top breeders in the world for flavour and with genetic makeup to ripen in the UK. True Kaki will has a hard time ripening in the UK. American Persimmon and hybrids are astringent so it must be fully ripe and very soft before eating it. We offer crosses that offer hardiness of American Persimmon with taste characteristics of Kaki. These fruits ripen late in the year, sometimes in late September but generally October to December.
Cangzhou Persimmons maturate up to a month earlier and produces high-quality fruits even when is growing outside in areas where the growing period is shorter with lower growing degree hours. Cangzhou Persimmon maturates at the end of September and it non-astringent so you can eat them straight from the tree.
Chinebuli Persimmon is a wonderful Diospryos Kaki is more tolerant to cold weather than other asian persimmons. It is non-astringent and can be eaten while still crunchy. It Originates from Bulgaria and produces medium size, wonderful fruit that ripen mid season.
Dar Sopiekvi Persimmon is a new Ukrainian persimmon hybrid. The advantage is three weeks earlier maturing compared to the Rosseyanka variety. With more flavour than Rossijanka and earlier ripening, along with an impressive 100kg per tree, this persimmon tree it outstanding.
Flavour Blast American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) beautiful, orange-yellow fruit, that is not only early ripening, but also delectably sweet, firm, and delicious. Self-fertile, Flavour Blast bears abundant crops of large seedless fruit. The fruit has a slight initial vanilla flavour followed by a lovely tangerine citrus taste.
Gora Roan Kosh Persimmons are a fantastic Hybrid Persimmon. With tasty yellow/orange fruits and more of a square shape, fruits mature at 125-150 grams.
Hillbilly Vixen is a truly superior persimmon. It consists only of female flowers and is an offspring originating from a Rosseyanka. A cross between Asian and American Persimmons (Diospyros Kaki x Virginiana) combining the best traits of both parents. Fruit tastes like a blend of soft Asian persimmon and ripe native persimmon. Fruits are self fertile, small seedless and texture is fabulous and candy like with a rich persimmon flavour. Fruits are medium sized. The taste is very good. Winter resistance: -30 ° C.
Excellent flavour and size. Rated very high for disease resistance and very high for the quality of fruit. This fruit tree was produced from the famous Lehman breeding program. It is an American type Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana).
From the Breeding work of Jerry Lehman of Terra Haute Indiana, one of his newest creations. Very large fruit, self fertile, flesh, clear pulp, and made to be loved. While not a large tree it is a heavy producing tree. With very good flavour and smooth flesh, this medium size fruit is all about taste. It is an American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana).
Considered one of the best tasting American Persimmons (Diospyros Virginiana) Bred by the late James Claypool. A deep orange coloured fruit, is a very upright grower. It is excellent for puddings and pies but best known for its aromatic aroma and true persimmon taste. Fruit is medium sized and is dark orange to red.
A great American Persimmon Variety, Early Golden American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) has 1-1/2″ diameter fruit that becomes very sweet and deep orange when ripe, with a delicious taste that can be similar to dates.
Hillbilly Moonshine consists only of female flowers. Medium sized fruit up to 100g. Winter resistance: -27 ° (- 30 ° C). Ripens earlier than Rosseyanka. Fruits left longer on the tree become completely black and the food of the gods becomes truly amazing to eat.
Early and large fruited variety. The fruits are spherical, orange. Their weight reaches up to 90g. The taste is excellent and texture is superb. A good all around persimmon. Prok is an American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana).
Very large, unpollective, flat spherical fruits can be consumed in a hard condition. The taste is good. Winter resistance: -16 ° C
Early Fuyu Asian Persimmon fruit is sweet and flavourful and can be eaten when firm or allowed to soften and become even sweeter. It is almost identical to the Sweet Fuyu except for an earlier ripening time. Also known by its Japanese name, Matsumoto Wase Fuyu.
This unique hybrid of Asian and American Persimmon bears bountiful crops of sweet and flavourful, reddish-orange fruit followed by strikingly beautiful orange-yellow fall foliage. Nikita's Gift is ready to eat when soft and tender. Nakitas Gift is a hybrid persimmon (Diospyros Kaki x Virginiana).
Dark blue skin and orange pulp with chocolate tones. Seedless if not pollinated. The fruits ripen in the middle of autumn and it is advisable to consume them after softening as the amount of tannins decreases with increasing maturity. Kuro Gaki develops medium-sized fruits - up to 60g, with an oval shape and pointed tip.
A variation of the Fuyu persimmon and prized for it delicious flavour. Jiro bears abundant crops of bright orange fruit that can be eaten while firm, like an apple, or allowed to soften to a tomato-like texture when it is even sweeter.
With Rosseyanka, more of the american persimmon parent is evident in leaf and tree form. Fruit tastes like a blend of soft Asian persimmon and ripe american persimmon.
Saijo is an astringent, self-pollinating persimmon tree that produces a yellowish-orange, sweet fruit. This is a favorite of many persimmon lovers. The fruit has very few seeds which makes it ideal for eating fresh. The persimmons ripen in mid-fall and are oblong fruit with a yellow flesh. The Saijo tree also produces white-pink flowers in the late spring or early summer before it fruits, and it boasts of fall foliage. Another attractive quality of the persimmon tree is its high pest resistance. The Saijo has a moderate growth-rate and reaches around 4 Metres high with a width of about 2 metres but can be pruned back to a smaller size. Plant in full sun or partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. We graft the Saijo persimmon onto native American persimmon root stock but should only be planted on the South Coast. Since the Saijo is an astringent persimmon, be sure to select fruits that are fully ripe and soft to the touch, indicating that they have matured to their full sugar potential. Firm, under ripe fruits will have an unpleasant tannic mouthfeel and insipid flavor. Saijo is an Asian Persimmon (Dyospiros Kaki).
PREMIUM Hillbilly Figs
This fig is said to be from the island of Madeira in Portugal. The Black Madeira fig is a dark fig with a dark red interior. It is a highly desirable and sought after fig. Black Madeira has a fruity flavour, is sugary sweet and can become very thick and syrupy the further it ripens. Many enthusiasts say it is one of the best tasting figs. This fig likes heat, full sun and a longer growing season. It can be challenging to grow in some locations. We recommend growing it in a greenhouse in the spring and early summer.
The White Madeira fig is a green skinned fig with a dark red interior similar to the black Madeira. It is a highly desirable and sought after fig. White Madeira has a fruity flavour, is sugary sweet and can become very thick and syrupy the further it ripens. Like the black Madieia enthusiasts say it is one of the best tasting figs but the white has more vigorous growth than the black. This fig likes heat, full sun and a longer growing season. It can be challenging to grow in some locations. We recommend growing it in a greenhouse in the spring and early summer.
Cole de Dame Noir
This variety, often found in French nurseries, has a long neck on the fig and is said to resemble the "Collar of a Lady" or "Collier d'une Dame" when high collars and expensive jewelled necklaces were in fashion in French royalty.
This fig is dark brown to black on the outside and red on the inside. It produces one crop late in the season.
Delicious flavour and said to be the best tasting of the Col de Dames. It is a highly desirable fig.
Vasalika Black fig is a dark fig with a dark red interior originating from Greece. It is a lovely and desirable fig. Vasalika Black has a fruity flavour, is sugary sweet and can become very thick and syrupy the further it ripens. Many enthusiasts say it is one of the best tasting figs. This fig likes heat and full sun.
Violette de Bordeaux
This French fig has purple skin and a red inside. It is a very sweet fig that tastes like berries to us. Some people say it is one of the best tasting of figs available.It vigorous grower and a prolific producer of figs. It is similar to Negronne however it has smaller leaves, fewer freckles and maybe a slightly milder flavour.
White Adriatic fig trees produces generous sized figs with a greenish yellow skin and lovely strawberry flavoured pinky to red flesh.
This variety is suited to a UK climate but will benefit a southerly aspect.
Plants are naturally very vigorous and growth needs limiting to divert energies into fruit production. As with most figs it is best ti restrict the roots with a barrier or by growing in a large container.
Dragos fig trees are very rare, slow growing. They produce some of the best tasting figs available. This tree is best suited for under glass care in spring and early summer.
The Desert King fig tree produces brebas with excellent organoleptic qualities, of large size, fruity tasting and melting in the mouth and very sugared. At complete maturity, the skin colour changes from light green to pale yellow.
Other Fruit We Recommend Growing
There are many other fruit plants, bushes and trees we have for our personal use and recommend you think about adding them to your garden.
We do not sell or supply these, but have enjoyed them immensely ourselves and you may as well.
Apricot, Plum and Cherry Crosses
We are still testing these trees, but they are showing some promise. We can not use the official names for copyright reasons. They are different combinations of Apricots, Plums (Asian) and Cherries mixed together. You need to choose a variety that will ripen in the UK weather.
We are currently testing these fruit trees in the UK weather. It is doubtful they will fully ripen due to our colder climate.
Similar to a blueberry but larger berries that have more of a cherry flavour mixed in. The two biggest benefits to these lovely bushes is that they grow in neutral soil unlike acidic soil blueberries, and the ripen in May. Honeyberries are some of the first fruits you will get to enjoy in the spring.
Many nurseries in the UK claim to have the newest and best tasting raspberry. We have grown many varieties and in the end they all taste like pretty much the same. The one that does stand out as being different is the American Black Jewel Raspberry. It grows very well in the UK even in poor soils and is a heavy producer of candy like flavoured raspberries. They do not have the sharp flavour of a normal raspberry.
What is our opinion on pink blueberries, do they really taste like pink lemonade? Yes they do!
We are currently trying out a few varieties of Jujube. These wonderful fruits are small, crispy, juicy and full of flavour.
Originating from Canada and sometimes referred to as as June Berry, this little fruit is about the size of a blueberry but tastes like a mix of blueberry and almond and cherry. It grows as an upright bush and is low maintenance. As the name suggests it usually ripens in June.
Seabuckthorns are an amazing fruit, providing health benefits that other fruits and vegetables can not. It is high in Omega 9 (anti-imflamitory) as well as other omegas and rich in vitamins. One small seabuckthorn can have as much vitamin C as 15 oranges. They key to growing seabuckthorns for personal use is to find varieties high in oil content. Some seabuckthorns varieties taste like a nice but strong slightly sour citrus flavour but other varieties like those that grow in the wild are almost unpalatable.
We don't have the most trees in the UK, we have the best trees in the UK.
Wild generic pawpaw seedlings will hardly ever (if ever) grow and ripen fruit in the UK.