Table 3. Pawpaw Cultivars

Name Description Place of Origin Pedigree
Arkansas Beauty 2,18   AR  
Betty Wirt 3,18 Fruit weighs up to 1# (454 g), but averages 6 oz. (159 g) Wirt County, WV  
Buckman 22,23 White flesh color, mild flavor; late to very late maturity    
Cheatwood 2   Gallia, OH  
Cheeley 2   Iuka, IL  
Cox’s Favorite 2      
Davis 4,8,11 Fruit 4 oz. (113 g), up to 4 3/4″ (12cm) long; yellow-fleshed; ripens 1st week of October in MI; green skin; seed large; keeps well in cold storage; Available: Corwin Davis, Sherwood’s Greenhouses Bellevue, MI From wild, 1959
Dr. Potter 2 Small fruit size; mild flavor; ships fairly well; late maturity; rich yellow flesh Julietta, IN  
Duck 21      
Early Best 2   IN  
Early Cluster 2      
Early Gold 22      
Endicott 2   Villa Ridge, IL  
Fairchild 22,23 Early maturity   ‘Ketter’ seedling
G-2 19     Zimmerman seed
Gable 22,23 Late to very late maturity PA  
Glaser 20   Evansville, IN  
Hann 2   AR  
Hengst 19      
Holtwood 21      
Hope’s August 2,23 Early maturity Paint, OH  
Hope’s September 2   Paint, OH  
Jumbo 23 Late to very late maturity    
Kercheval 18      
Ketter 2,23 Matures evenly; skin comparatively thick & tough; does not discolor markedly; flesh medium yellow; mild but very rich flavor, neither insipid nor cloying; large yellow fruit; early maturity Ironton, OH  
Kirsten 1 Available: Sherwood’s Greenhouses Aliquippa, PA Tom Mansell seedling ‘Taytoo’ x ‘Overleese’
Kurle 15 Small-medium in size; yellow flesh and skin MI Seedling from ‘Davis’
Lawvere 18      
Little Rosie 12 Small fruit size Evansville, IN  
Long John 22      
M-119   ‘G-2’ seedling  
Mango 19 Available: Sherwood’s Greenhouses    
Martin 2,22 Large fruit size (Zimmerman says small size); flesh yellow & of superior quality (Zimmerman says skin tough); withstands cold well Springfield, OH  
Mary (Foos) Johnson 18 Available: Northwoods Nursery    
Mason/WLW 19   Mason, OH  
Middletown 19   Middletown, OH  
Mitchell 14   Franklin Co., IL from wild
Mudge 18      
NC-113 Fruit 10-12 oz. (284-341 g); few seed; yellow flesh and skin; Available: J. H. Gordon   Davis’ x ‘Overleese’
Osborne 22,23 Late to very late maturity    
Oswald 2   Hagerstown, MD  
Overleese 8,10,18 Fruit 6 oz. (170 g); bears in clusters of 3 to 5; ripens 1st week of October in MI; Available: Sherwood’s Greenhouses Rushville, IN about 1950
Prolific 10,11 Fruit 7-8 oz. (199-227 g); yellow flesh; ripens 1st week of October in MI; Available: Corwin Davis Bellevue, MI seedling from Corwin Davis orchard
Propst Early 2      
Rebecca’s Gold 1,5,19 Available: Sherwood’s Greenhouses CA seed from Corwin Davis orchard
Rees 2 Flesh pale yellow & of good flavor; seeds exceptionally small; not a large fruit size    
Roach 2   DeKaIb, MO  
SAA-Zimmerman 13 Fruit 68 oz. (170-227 g); few seed; yellow flesh and skin; Available: J.H. Gordon Tonasanda, NY seedling from L H. McDaniel
Schriber 22      
Scott 2   WV  
Shannondale 22,23 Late to very late maturity    
Silver Creek 20 Medium sized fruit Millstedt, IL  
Sunflower 7,8,9,10 Self-fertile; fruit large, up to 8 oz. (227 g); butter color flesh; skin yellowish; few seed; ripens 1st week of
October in MI; Available: Corwin Davis, Northwoods, Sherwood’s Greenhouses
Chanute, KS from wild
Sweet Alice 19,20 Available: Sherwood’s OH or WV  
Taylor 22,23 Not the same as ‘Taylor’ described below; flesh light color, mild flavor; late to very late maturity    
Taylor 6,8,9,10,11 Small fruit; bears up to 7 fruit in a cluster; yellow flesh, green skin; ripens 1st week of October in MI

Available: Corwin Davis

Eaton Rapids, MI about 1967 from wild
Taytoo 6,8,9,10,11,17 Fruit up to 10 oz~ (284 g); begins ripening 10th of October in MI; skin light green when ripe; fruit yellow fleshed; Available: Corwin Davis Eaton Rapids, MI about 1967 from wild
Tiedke 22,23 late to very late maturity    
Uncle Tom 2,16 Probably the first named variety on record; ripens mid-September in IN; fruitsets singly and in pairs; not available Cartersburg, IN seedling
Vena 20      
Wilson 14,19 Available: Sherwood’s Greenhouses Cumberland, KY Found by John Creech
Zimmerman 19     Zimmerman seed

1Akin, J.S., personal communication
2Anonymous, 1917
3Bartholomew, 1962
4Brooks and Olmo, 1972
5California Rare Fruit Growers, 1982
6Davis, 1969
7Davis, 1979
8Davis, 1982
9Davis, 1983b
10Davis, 1986
11Davis, L., personal communication
12Glaser, 1982
13Gordon, J.H., personal communication
14Hickman, J., personal communication
15Kurle, 1982
16Little, 1905
17Mansell, 1986
18Pape, 1965
19Peterson, in press
20Thomson, 1982
21Vines, 1960
22Zimmerman, 1938
23Zimmerman, 1941



*The Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
*Research Needs
*Table 1 - Descriptions for Species of Asimina Native to the United States Mainland
*Table 2 - Nomclature of Asimina Species
*Table 3 - Pawpaw Cultivars
*Table 4 - Traits to be Considered When Selecting Pawpaws
*Figure 1 - Distribution of Asimina triloba in the united States
*Figure 2 - Distribution of Asimina Species Native to Extreme Southeastern United States
*Figure 3 - Distribution of Asimina parviflora in the United States