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NC 1 Paw Paw

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SKU D373

Asimina triloba 'NC 1'

NC 1 is an early-ripening variety introduced by Doug Campbell from Ontario, Canada in 1976, where it is proven winter hardy. While the harvest is not as bountiful as other varieties, the quality of the fruit makes up for it! Large and flavorful, tasting strongly of banana with mango undertones and a refreshing melon aftertaste. Its high pulp-to-seed ratio and wonderfully dense flesh means more fruit on your spoon!

Great for cool region growers. Hand pollination will increase fruit set, alternatively, adding a small pile of decaying meat to the base of each tree just before blooms open will bring in the flies and beetles that pollinate these unusual trees. Shade from direct sun during first 2 summers - even mature trees may benefit from afternoon shade in hot climates. Also protect young trees from slug and snail damage. Requires 2200 Growing Degree Days (GDD).

Cold Hardy to USDA Zone: 5

Chill Hours Needed: Unverified; most require between 100 - 400 hours

Mature Height: 10'-15'

Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade in Hot Climates

Ripening Time: Early/Ripens Sept 15th in Ontario

Pollination: Need Pollinizer

Click here to read our Paw Paw Growing Guide

Size: 1 Gallon Pot


Ask a Question
  • What is the ideal weather temperature range(s) for Paw Paw fruit trees? I live just north of Houston Texas.

    Paw Paw loves hot summers and cold winters, but should not be planted in full sun or even afternoon sun. Until the tree is well established, usually 3-5 years old, it can die from sunscald.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
John S.
Paw Paw from West Coast to East Coast

Thanks for taking great care with shipping the two NC-1 paw paws. They arrived with excellent root structure and very damp. One is already sprouting leaves while the other is still coming around. Excellent condition. Thank you!

Packaged Well

Ordered four Paw Paw Trees. All trees arrived in good shape. All four trees were planted and they are all are starting to leaf out.

Mark C.
Alive. When I got them

Step one completed. Alive and not damaged on arrival :-)

Lauren B.
Excited for fruit!

Tree came in great shape, I was lucky enough to have the delivery right as I was preparing a place for it, so it went straight in the soil. It is dormant still, but so far so good and I am very excited to have homegrown paw paws someday!

Success with "NC 1", PA zone 6b/7a.

I received and planted "NC 1" in spring 2019 (in a pair with the "Shenandoah"). It started slowly initially during the first year, but has ramped up in later years and reached 6' by 2022 when it bloomed (just few flowers as a shy start...). With hand pollination I succeeded to start one bunch of 2 fruits. Very delicious, mild flavor fruit, low seed count, excellent quality, exactly as described in the literature. Very dark green, big leaves of the tree make it exceptional. "NC 1" does not bloom so abundantly as "Shenandoah". However, in case of effective pollination, it may be an advantage: no fruit finning may be needed to avoid overcrop.