Pawpaw plants listed for retail sale in the U.S. c. 5/2022

Last update 5/18/2022:

Cultivar || Collector Site || Person || Site Dates || Site Abbr.
8-20 c. 1994 || Keedysville UMD site || N. Peterson, USDA ARS || 1981-1994 || P-Kee
9-58 c. 1990s || Peterson MD breeding || N. Peterson, USDA ARS || 1981-1994 || P-USDA
Al Horn White Flesh || England Tree Farm || Cliff England || 1989-present || Cliff E.
Allegheny (PPF 2-9) c. 2007 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
ARK-21 || LSU Native Plant Arboretum || LSU Agricultural Center || 1993-present || LSU
Asterion || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Atria || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Avatar c. 2021 || Peaceful Heritage Nursery || Blake Cothron || 2016-present || Cothron
Belle || Tollgate Gardens || Michigan SU || 1990s-present || Mich SU
Benny’s Favorite (275-56) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Betria || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Blandy Exp. Farm #30 || Blandy Exp. Farm || O.E. White, U VA || 1926-1955 || Blandy
Blandy Exp. Farm #53 || Blandy Exp. Farm || O.E. White, U VA || 1926-1955 || Blandy
Cales Creek c. 1980s || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
Canopus || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Cantaloupe freestone || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
Carmelo || Perfect Circle Farm, Barre VT || Buzz Ferver || 2019-present || Ferver
Caspian || Halvin Collection || Tyler and Danae Halvin || unknown dates || Halvin
Cluster || Childers Collection || H. Childers || unknown dates || Childers
Collins || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
Convis c. 1993 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Davis c. 1959 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Dr. Chill || Perfect Circle Farm, Barre VT || Buzz Ferver || 2019-present || Ferver
Estil || Louisiana Nursery, Opelousas LA || unknown person || 1950-present || LAN
Ford Amend 1950 || Portland Oregon || Ford Amend || 1950 || P OR
Free Byrd c. 2020 || Byrd Collection || Larry Byrd || unknown dates || Byrd
Gatria || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Glaser c. 1960? || Glaser Collection || P. Glaser || 1960-1980s || Glaser
Golden Moon || Peaceful Heritage Nursery || Blake Cothron || 2016-present || Cothron
Greenriver Belle c. 1998 || Hart County KY || Carol Friedman || 1990s || CF
Halvin || Halvin Collection || Tyler and Danae Halvin || unknown dates || Halvin
Honey Dew freestone || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
IXL c. 1976 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Jack’s Jumbo c. 1990 || Silber Collection || D. Silber || 1990s || Silber
Jerry’s Big Girl (250-39) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Jerry’s Delight (250-30) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Jonathan || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
Kentucky Champion c. 2009 || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
Kentucky Legend || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
Kirsten c. 1970? || Mansell Collection || T.H. Mansell || 1970s || Mansell
KSU Atwood (8-2) c. 1990 || River Wye UMD site || N. Peterson, USDA ARS || 1981-1994 || P-Wye
KSU Benson (7-5) c. 1990 || River Wye UMD site || N. Peterson, USDA ARS || 1981-1994 || P-Wye
KSU Chappell (KSU 4-1) c. 2001 || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
Lady D c. 1993 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
LA Native || Hidden Springs Nursery, Cookeville TN || Annie Black || 1988-present || HSN
Lehman’s Delight (275-48) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Lehman’s Chiffon || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Little Rosie c. 1960? || Glaser Collection || P. Glaser || 1960-1980s || Glaser
Lynn’s Favorite c. 1993 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Mango c. 1970 || Tifton Experimental Farm || U GA || 1940-1970s || Tifton
Maria’s Joy c. 2010s || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Marshmallow freestone || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
Mary Foos Johnson c. 1970s || North Willamette Experiment Station || Oregon SU || 1892-present || NW
Middletown c. 1915 || Wild population NE of Dayton OH || E.J. Downing || 1915-1938 || Dayton
Mitchell c. 1979 || Wild seedling from Iuka IL || J.W. Hickman || 1979 || Iuka
NC-1 c. 1976 || Campbell Collection || R.D. Campbell || 1970s || RC
Nyomi’s Delicious (166-13) || England Tree Farm || Cliff England || 1989-present || Cliff E.
October Moon (275-17) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Overleese c. 1950 || Overleese Property, Rushville IN || W.B. Ward || 1950 || Ward
PA Golden No. 1 c. 1986 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
PA Golden No. 2 c. 1986 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
PA Golden No. 3 c. 1986 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
PA Golden No. ? c. 1986 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
Potomac (4-2) c. 1994 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Prima 1216 c. 2000 || Montanari Collection || Domenico Montanari || 1983-present || DM
Prolific c. 1985 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Quaker Delight c. 1980 || Glaser Collection || P. Glaser || 1960-1980s || Glaser
Rappahannock (8-58) c. 1990 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Rebecca’s Gold c. 1974 || Riley Collection || J.M. Riley || 1970s || Riley
Regulus || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Rigel || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Ruby Keenan || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
SAA-Overleese c. 1986 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
SAA-Zimmerman-1 c. 1985 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
SAA-Zimmerman-2 c. 1985 || Gordon Collection || J. Gordon || 1980s || Gordon
Shenandoah (1-7-1) c. 1990 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Sibley || Tollgate Gardens || Michigan SU || 1990s-present || Mich SU
Sidewinder || Halvin Collection || Tyler and Danae Halvin || unknown dates || Halvin
Spilt Milk Variegated || Perfect Circle Farm, Barre VT || Buzz Ferver || 2019-present || Ferver
Sue c. 1980s || Wild seedling from southern IN || Don Munich || 1980s || Don M.
Summer Delight c. 2018 || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Sunflower c. 1970 || Gibson Collection || Milo Gibson || 1970s || Gibson
Sunglo || Tollgate Gardens || Michigan SU || 1990s-present || Mich SU
Sunsprout || Perfect Circle Farm, Barre VT || Buzz Ferver || 2019-present || Ferver
Susquehanna (11-5) c. 1990 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Sweet || Red Fern Farm || Tom Wahl || 2013-present || Wahl
Sweet Alice c. 1945 || Jacobs Collection || H. Jacobs || 1934-1950? || Jacobs
Sweet Virginia || Tollgate Gardens || Michigan SU || 1990s-present || Mich SU
Tallahatchie || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Taylor c. 1968 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Taytwo c. 1968 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Tollgate c. 1993 || Davis Collection || C. Davis || 1959-1990s || Davis
Tropical Treat c. 2010 || Walker Pawpaw Tree Farm || Woody Walker || 2014-present || Walker
UVM #1 || UVM Agriculture Extension, Burlington VT || unknown person || 1913-present || UVM
VE-21 (Valley East 21) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
VE-9 (Valley East 9) || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Wabash (1-7-2) c. 1994 || Peterson Pawpaws LLC || N. Peterson || 1998-present || PP
Walters || Childers Collection || H. Childers || unknown dates || Childers
Wells c. 1990 || U.S. wild specimens || Callaway 1990 contest || 1990 || C1990
Wilson c. 1980s || H.R. Benson R&D Farm || USDA ARS || 1998-present || HRB Farm
Windstar || Lehman’s Orchard || Jerry Lehman || 1989-2019 || Lehman
Zimmerman c. 1950 || Zimmerman Collection || G.A. Zimmerman || 1923-1941 || Zimm.

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Richard, on my website there are more from Red Fern Farm (Atria, Betria, Gatria, Regulus, Rigel, Sweet) as well as many of Jerry Lehman’s selections which are highly regarded and have won various awards at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. http://www.growing-pawpaw.webnode.com/

England’s Orchard and Nursery sells many (possibly all named) Lehman varieties as scion wood.

In addition to that, Blake’s book on marketing pawpaws lists many varieties I hadn’t heard of before that might be useful to look for. Some were rated highly, on par with many of the Peterson cultivars. Blake is also releasing a few more varieties for sale this year.

Finally, Woody Walker has a few releases of note - Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Marshmallow, Kentucky Champion, Kentucky Legend, Summer Delight, Tropical Treat and possibly others I can’t remember off hand.

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https://onegreenworld.com/product-category/fruiting-trees-shrubs/pawpaw/
Allegheny
Maria’s Joy
Tallahatchie

http://www.hiddenspringsnursery.com/plants.php#pawpaw

Lehman’s Chiffon

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Bought these seed from Englands orchard, if you want to include them
From Cliff England:

Jerry’s Seed Specialized hybrid seed pawpaw Maria’s Joy (cv 166-13) seed 2021

Jerry’s Seed Specialized hybrid seed pawpaw VE-21 Prolific X Overleese seed 2021 (3ea!)

Jerry’s Seed Specialized hybrid seed pawpaw 250-39 JBG/ Jerry’s Big Girl (2021)

Jerry’s Seed Specialized hybrid seed pawpaw 275-48 x 275-50 Windstar 2021

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@disc4tw
@Bradybb
@DennisD
Thanks so much for the information! I’ve updated the list in the original post.

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Here’s one more that has history in the Pacific NW.

Ford Amend

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There are a few more I’m aware of but I don’t know that they are commercially available in the US (some not at all as they are named but not “released”)

Hillbilly Pawpaws in the UK has a few varieties that might make their way to this side of the pond at some point. Florian’s pawpaw website might have others not list here.

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Managing editors of periodicals tend to be picky about what qualifies for “cultivars in circulation” and in the past I’ve had to point at licensed retailers - excluding what collectors are trading and plants being sold on black market sites e.g. BidNGrow, eBay, Etsy, FB, etc.

Oh thanks, I haven’t checked Florian yet :slightly_smiling_face:.

99 and counting … :smiley:

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Some from KYSU not listed by Nurseries

Do you search in different languages
I know of at least 2 cultivars not listed on this forum, but a little busy right now .

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Also I learned of the different names for pawpaw-z9-QQ9E-WWW
Urodlin in Polish is pawpaw ,
Dreilappige Papau German pawpaw
Asimoya (New Zealand known that for some time)

(I have a Ukrainian site, **but that is about botany or living herbarium ** they may have more leads, but I will say the wild pawpaw saplings in Ukrainian looks different . - )

Keep in mind if your ever near the area of Cliff England in KY. you could just get scion wood (or seeds at Brea College KY of Golden moon paw .

It’s feature is the fruit changes colors when ripe (a color break)

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For my list, I cannot use cultivars that are not offered for sale in the U.S. by licensed nurseries.

Yes, so far Prima is the only foreign cultivar I’ve found offered for sale here.

I also have nearly all published academic articles regarding Pawpaws / Asimina triloba. Among them, I discovered the Romanians have been very busy testing and propagating pawpaws!

Well, I’m 1,875 aerial miles (2,186 road miles) west of Brea College KY. I’ve no plans to travel anywhere east of the Rockies for the foreseeable future. I’ve also no plans to add any more pawpaws to my collection and I believe it is folly for anyone to purchase pawpaw seeds unless they have a well-designed advanced breeding program in progress. I do however have plans to fund a lab in the eastern U.S. to obtain microsatellite genetic data from a hundred or so pawpaw cultivars in the next few years. In that venture, the lab would obtain leaf samples directly from the sources.

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Nash Nursury in Michigan has several unique varieties.

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Split Milk Variegated
Sold by Perfect Circle Farm
Think it’s from Southern Ohio but not sure

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Nash Nursery pawpaw list

Thank you. I found these among text and menus on their site:
Carmelo
Dr. Chill
Spilt Milk Variegated
Sunsprout
UVM #1

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I believe this is one of Lehman’s Overleese x Sunflower ?

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@Richard if you’re publishing the list in a magazine or something you’ll want to scrub out any copyrighted names - for example there is no pawpaw tree named shenandoah, shenandoah is just a marketing brand that could refer to a number of different cultivars. the cultivar name is wansevwan

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@z0r
Here is how I would list the Peterson cultivars:
Allegheny®
Potomac®
Rappahannock®
Shenandoah™
Susquehanna®
Tallahatchie®
Wabash®

It’s true that 1-7-1 was the accession number for Shenandoah, prior to release to the nursery trade.

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Wow, never heard of this place…interesting. Possibly the first nursery to formally offer a variegated cultivar?
I know a few folks including Cliff have had them over the years but have not seen for sale.

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I have used the above list to compose a diagram of current cultivar origins, which will hopefully put to rest various online rumors of who actually bred and/or collected them:

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