Caspian Pawpaw Description
Caspian Pawpaw is a hardy and resilient tree originated in the wilds of Iowa, with medium-large fruit of excellent quality. Great, very sweet and smooth with no aftertaste, amazingly strong fruity flavour.
Caspian is very sweet with a strong tropical flavour with pineapple overtones and banana/mango undertones. Some people say it has a bubble gum undertone. a highly rated pawpaw.
Recommended for ORGANIC GROWING
Pollination: An Ultra-Select seedling pawpaw or any other grafted or seedling pawpaw tree will pollinate. 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.
Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant.
Ripening: Early 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 are recommended.
Size at maturity: 15-20′ tall and wide, depending on location, care and pruning to reduce height. We recommend heading them at about 10″ and removing suckers, both of which keep the trees very manageable and small.
Caspian pawpaws can bloom for up to 4 weeks, but without hand pollination, fruit set can be low because bees do not pollinate the flowers, flies and beetles do. In the UK, chances of fruit set are greatly improved by hand pollination of two seperate varieties.
With its large green tropical drooping leaves and dramatic purple brown flowers in spring, the Asimina Triloba "PawPaw" tree has great ornamental appeal as well. Plant in well drained soil and protect from strong winds and grass competition for the first two years.
Pawpaws (Asimina Triloba) are related to custard apples and cherimoya, in the sugar apple family, and yet they grow in the temperate zone, having moved north as Ice Age glaciers receded. Flavours of mango, melon, banana, raspberry and pineapple come from this creamy fruit. Like many fruits, if you don’t know what you’re doing and you let them get bruised, or you pick them under-ripe they won't taste very good!