Zones 5-9 Fruits with flavor and texture like banana or vanilla custard. No wonder some folks call it the "Hoosier Banana." This interesting and ornamental U.S. native is slow growing, reaching 12 to 15 feet at maturity, (taller in warmer regions) with large, 12 inch, tropical-looking leaves. Fruits are odd-shaped, 3 to 6 inches long and some up to 1 pound, with a creamy custard-like texture and delicious sweet banana flavor. They are unusually high in protein and vitamins A and C. Harvest when fruit color turns from green to yellow, about late September. Pawpaws are naturally disease and pest resistant. They prefer moist, slightly acid soil and partial shade in hot dry areas. Plant two trees for proper pollination. We offer both grafted varieties and seedling pawpaws grown in 3 by 9 inch pots.