Paw Paw trees are a small tree that can have a big impact on habitat quality. They produce very attractive large fruits that are full of nutrients for wildlife and humans alike. The fruit has a wonderful taste making it extremely attractive especially for deer. Fruit production begins at an early age, usually just 4-8yrs. Pawpaw foliage has a strong taste and smell when crushed making it naturally deer resistant. This makes these trees easy on your wallet and easy on your schedule as they require no cages or protection from browse.
Surprisingly, despite their fruit being so attractive to deer, pawpaw foliage is repulsive to deer. Crushed paw paw leaves have a strong smell best described as a mix of bell pepper and diesel fuel, not exactly tasty. This natural defense makes paw paw trees very deer resistant, and ensures they have virtually no pest issues either. They need no fencing or other protection from deer. This makes them versatile and saves you money and hassle. Paw paws are small trees, similarly sized to dogwoods or other understory trees so they have to be naturally deer resistant as their small size puts them directly in reach of hungry deer. Paw paws are our only tree that we do not recommend protecting form browsing.
Paw Paws produce the largest fruit of any native North American fruit tree, a 3-8in long soft green fruit that ripens in early fall. They have a great flavor, similar to a strong banana with hints of mango, pineapple, and vanilla. When they are dropping you can bet on finding concentrations of deer, raccoons, opossums, and nearly every other omnivore in the forest, mopping up these large tasty fruits. They are high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin C, niacin, iron, and phosphorus that can aid in antler growth, bone development in fawns, and support healthy lactation in mothers in the spring. Paw paws provide nutrients that other food sources just can't match. In fact, scientists are even researching anti-cancer qualities in paw paws in humans.
Paw paws are a truly remarkable native tree that just don't get the publicity they deserve. Every landowner should consider adding paw paws. They provide great wildlife attraction, a great source of fruit production for human consumption, and if for nothing else, we think they're downright cool trees for all the unique qualities they have.
Orders placed now are for bare root trees. These are trees that are shipped dormant from late fall-early spring. We ship at the optimum time to plant in your region. Click the tab above for more info on ship dates.
All bare root trees are covered by our Survival Guarantee
Drop time: Sept-Nov
Years till production: 4-8 yrs
Growing zones: 4-9
Soil type: Fertile moist soils preferred, can tolerate more shade and moisture than most
Sun: Partial shade preferred. 75-50% sunlight per day is optimum
Pollination: Needs at least 2 trees for pollination
Size when shipped: 1 year old
I have ordered and planted well over 100 trees online from various wildlife tree sellers, including the big name brands, and the trees I just received from Whitetail Hill Chestnuts are the best looking trees I have ever received... EVER! They are easily 2 feet tall and full of big green leaves. They will make a great addition to my deer and turkey hunting property in Oklahoma and I'm sure I will be ordering more!Oklahoma
Ordered three of these to see how they looked. Wish I would of ordered more. They arrived fast and look really good. Will order more next season.Tiffin, Ohio
The trees arrived in good condition and are doing good. I would definitely recommend.Goose Creek, South Carolina
The trees were delivered in great condition, well packaged and very healthy. I hope they grow up fast!Woodville, Wisconsin
I ordered trees from Whitetail Hill they shipped my trees July 12 Priority Mail and were scheduled to arrive Thursday July 15th. When they didn't arrive on the 15th I checked the USPS tracking number that I was provided and USPS just kept telling me each day after that they were scheduled to arrive late. I emailed Whitetail Hill on July 19th and got a prompt response from Caleb H. My question to him was that if my trees did arrive what he thinks they would be alive he said there was a good chance that they wouldn't be and that he would do anything he could to help make the order right.
USPS finally delivered my trees on July 22nd. 7 days late on delivery with the box ripped in half. I open the package expecting to find my dead trees since they'd been in a box for 11 days to my surprise the trees were as green as ever. This just goes to show the quality of trees that these guys grow and send to us. I would highly recommend these guys and have already placed another order for more trees.Mount Vernon, Kentucky