Paw paw (Asimina triloba) is our largest native tree fruit, and the only temperate member of the Custard Apple (Annonaceae) family.
Now that we have the Latin names and jargon out of the way, let’s get to the more important stuff: paws paws are darn tasty (a custardy blend of mango, papaya, banana and pineapple – think of it as a “smoothy tree”) and more and more folks are discovering and planting paw paw trees.
This is great news, because a) it reflects the greater trend toward perennial woody crops as opposed to annual grain crops, and b) paw paw trees grow great in Tree Tubes!
As you learn more about planting and growing paw paw trees you will see various articles and extension bulletins strongly recommending tree tubes, but also recommending that the tree tubes be removed before winter to prevent frost damage.
With today’s vented Tubex Combitube Tree Tubes you no longer have to lift or remove your tree tubes in autumn. The trees will harden off properly for winter, and winter injury is no longer a concern. You can leave your tree tubes on all winter for additional protection and to jump start growth next spring.
In other words, Tree Tubes were great for paw paw trees before, and they are even better now! For more information, please contact us.