Pawpaw, 'Mark Twain'
Variety description: Transplant a living piece of Connecticut history to your garden with a grafted clone of the state's largest pawpaw tree. This tree is on the grounds of Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. While it is doubtful that Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, planted the tree himself, this majestic tree is likely almost 100 years old. It is clear that Clemens enjoyed the fruit as young boy, growing up in heart of pawpaw country, in Missouri along the Mississippi river. To learn more about this historic tree, see our article on Mark Twain and Connecticut's champion pawpaw tree.
In addition to grafted trees, we also offer seedlings from this historic pawpaw tree.
Aside from this tree's great age and massive size (36' tall and 32' wide), it is also notable for the fact that it produces a crop of good sized, delicious fruit every year, despite the fact that there are no other pawpaw trees within the immediate vicinity for cross-pollination. While this tree is somewhat self-fertile, better yields will still be achieved with cross pollination with another pawpaw cultivar.
Site requirements: Full sun location with evenly moist soil. Pawpaws will grow in the shade but fruit set will be poor.
Size at maturity: Trees can be maintained at about 15' tall. Pawpaws sucker readily.
Pests and diseases: None.
Hardiness: Native from New York west to southeastern Nebraska, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. Will grow in USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted tree, about 2' tall with a well developed root system. Will likely produce fruit in 4-5 years if given good care.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2017 shipping. Potted plants also available at the nursery this summer.
Shipping restrictions: None.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.