What is the difference between a seedling, a cultivar, and a seedling of cultivar?

A seedling is is a tree grown from seed. It is genetically unique, and usually from trees found growing wild. A cultivar is a genetic copy of a specific tree. This can be done through various grafting and budding techniques. A Seedling of cultivar is grown from seeds of the fruit of one cultivar. It shares about 80% of the genetic material of the parent.

Which one should I buy?

If you want an exact match of a particular variety, you should buy the cultivar. A more affordable option is to buy the seedling of the cultivar. It will be very close in taste, but is generally less expensive. To get a closer match, you can plant the cultivar, and use a seedling of the same cultivar as a pollenizer.

How do I choose a Pollinizer?

If you purchase a cultivar, you will need a cultivar of a different name, or a seedling as a pollenizer. All seedlings are genetically different, and any two will be sufficient for pollenizing.

What do they taste like? Which Pawpaw tastes the best?

Cultivars have been chosen for taste, so all will have good flavor. Each variety will have different notes of banana, pineapple, melon, and berry flavors. Check out our cultivar page for more information on the varieties we carry.

Can I buy the fruit at the grocery store?

Pawpaws are not a major commercial fruit, so check out local produce stands in areas where pawpaws grow wild. When in season (Aug/Sep), Sun Nurseries sells them individually. Hurry in! They sell quickly!

How tall will it grow?

Mature trees can grow to 15-30 feet, depending on location, soil depth, watering, and sunlight. In full sun, mature trees are broadly pyramidal. In light to moderate shade, the shape is more rounded, sometimes growing into thickets if the root suckers are allowed to remain.

Why won't my tree bear fruit?

Your Pawpaw may take 3 to 4 years to bear fruit, after planting. If it continues to bear little or no fruit, most likely the tree needs a pollenizer. Root suckers are genetically identical, and cannot reliably pollenize the tree. There may also be a lack of pollinators in the area (flies and beetles). If the tree is planted in sandy, dry soil, there may be insufficient nutrients/moisture for it to thrive. Finally, it could just be genetics. Unfortunately, some trees just don't bear a lot of fruit.