Pawpaws and Montmorency Cherry Trees

Fall is the perfect time to get your fruit trees planted. The cool season allows the saplings to get their root system well established before all of the tree’s energy is needed to grow leaves and new branches in the Spring and Summer.

Today, I planted three new fruit trees: two Pawpaw trees and one Montmorency Cherry tree. (Ordered from Willis Orchard, if anyone is interested.) UPDATE: The trees never even budded out. Not even sure they were alive when I got them. Bummer.

My friend Ms. Addy (from the Lessons from Butterberry Farm series) was the first to introduce me to the Pawpaw. Though I never got a chance to taste one, she was able to tell me about the Pawpaw tree her father had planted years earlier. They have large, ovalish fruits with a taste which has been compared to banana custard. It has incredibly high amounts of vitamins and nutrients,

Compared to apples, peaches and grapes, Pawpaw is higher in food energy, and has more than double the amount of vitamin C, and is much higher in minerals. It is higher in protein, fiber, and carbohydrate. It has a much higher content of amino acids in a good balance. It has mainly unsaturated fatty acids, and is a good source of linoleic and linolenic acids. They are high in antioxidants.

~Blossom Nursery

Pawpaw trees grow well in full sun, or in partial shade, though the saplings need shade for the first couple of growing years (some use a shade cover to protect the delicate trees). They actually grow wild from the Gulf Coastal plain to Southern Michigan, though are mostly found growing as an understory tree, with no fruit due to lack of sunlight or cross-pollination. They are not self-pollinating, so two different varieties are needed for fruit production. Pawpaws grow in zones 5-8. They are deer resistant and have very few pests.

Pawpaws can be cut in half and eaten with a spoon. They’re also good in breads, pies, ice cream, baked goods, and more.

You can read more on Pawpaws HERE.

Go check out this gorgeous Montmorency Cherry tree another blogger {link} put in a few of years ago!

I chose a Montmorency Cherry because they are one of the most popular pie cherries to grow. They’re very cold hardy and disease resistant. Not only do the provide deliciously sour cherries perfect for desserts, they’re also prized for their medicinal properties.

For centuries, the cherry, either as bark, root or fruit, has been a source of medicine for indigenous peoples. Native Americans prized cherries as pain relievers, especially for sore throats. The Cherokees used an infusion of sour cherry bark to treat laryngitis. The Ojibwa used the crushed root for stomach pain. The Forest Potawatomi employed an infusion of the inner bark to alleviate internal pains while the MicMac used black cherry fruit as a health tonic. (I suspect that the cherry flavoring of most cough medicines is a faint memory of this ancient Native American usage.)

Read more of the medicinal properties of Montmorency cherries at What’s Cooking America.

The cherries also make great jams, preserves, juice, and dried fruits. They are self-fertile, so you only need to plant one for pollination. It grows in zones 4-8.

I’m excited to have these new additions to the homestead. Sure hope they do well!!

If you’re looking for a couple of great fruit trees to add to your edible landscaping, consider giving Pawpaws or Montmorency Cherry trees a try!

7 thoughts on “Pawpaws and Montmorency Cherry Trees”

  1. That cherry tree is so pretty! We planted 2 Montmorency cherries earlier this year. I can’t wait to see some pretty little cherries forming on it. Paw paws do taste like banana a little. They are quite tasty. I’ve never had them in a recipe, only eaten them fresh.

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    • Hilary,

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  3. You only need 2 Paw Paw trees for fruit, of the same variety is ok. Self pollinating just means one tree will pollinate itself. How do I know? I have grown a whole grove of understory Corwin Davis Paw Paws for the past 20 years. Started with just 2 trees of this variety bought from Mr. Davis. They are hard to establish but when they do, they grow well. It will take about 5-10 years before you get fruit. BTW I am in Western NY, 20 miles east of Buffalo.

  4. We’re too far north to plant Paw Paws, but I’ve always wanted to try them. I do have a Montmorency cherry and I hope to have enough fruit to harvest next year 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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