Woodside Pawpaw

Woodside Pawpaw Dedicated to spreading the knowledge and love of the North American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba).

On top of an already busy harvest this fall, we made it especially busy by getting married! While there are a lot of pun...
11/21/2023

On top of an already busy harvest this fall, we made it especially busy by getting married!

While there are a lot of puns along the lines of “watching our marriage grow like a tree”, I think it’s safe to say we are pretty pawpawesome together ♥️

Come out to Crump Park this Saturday for the Plant Native! Festival in Glen Allen, VA! We’ll be slinging trees, fruit, j...
10/18/2023

Come out to Crump Park this Saturday for the Plant Native! Festival in Glen Allen, VA! We’ll be slinging trees, fruit, jam, and more!

Saturday October 21, 2023
10 am-2 pm
Crump Park
3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, 23060

For those who like to imbibe, pawpaw rum is incredibly simple to make and incredible delicious to sip on. Let the pulp s...
10/10/2023

For those who like to imbibe, pawpaw rum is incredibly simple to make and incredible delicious to sip on.

Let the pulp sit in any white rum for 24-36 hours, mixing every so often. Ratio of about 1 cup pulp per 1.75 liters. Mix with some plain seltzer water for a refreshing pawpaw cocktail 🍹

See you tomorrow at  to celebrate National Pawpaw Day!
09/20/2023

See you tomorrow at to celebrate National Pawpaw Day!

All set up and ready for Saturday at  Fall Plant Fest! Come on out!
09/16/2023

All set up and ready for Saturday at Fall Plant Fest! Come on out!

Super excited to be back at  for Fall Plant Fest this Friday and Saturday! Stop by, say hi, and grab some seedlings, fru...
09/13/2023

Super excited to be back at for Fall Plant Fest this Friday and Saturday! Stop by, say hi, and grab some seedlings, fruit, jam, and more!

Goldenrod acts as an fantastic indicator for local pawpaw ripeness. When the goldenrod blossoms peak in color and fullne...
09/12/2023

Goldenrod acts as an fantastic indicator for local pawpaw ripeness. When the goldenrod blossoms peak in color and fullness, there's a high probability that the nearby pawpaw fruits are prime for harvesting.

Grateful for the mention in this article over at  Nice article about pawpaw in general as well as specifically in the Ri...
09/06/2023

Grateful for the mention in this article over at
Nice article about pawpaw in general as well as specifically in the Richmond area. Check it out!

We’ll be vending at the Buchanan Hall Farmers Market in Upperville, VA tomorrow! Fresh pawpaws, trees, jam and more!
09/05/2023

We’ll be vending at the Buchanan Hall Farmers Market in Upperville, VA tomorrow! Fresh pawpaws, trees, jam and more!

The 2023 pawpaw season in Virginia has begun!
08/31/2023

The 2023 pawpaw season in Virginia has begun!

Genetics are fun. Check out the little venation (vein pattern) mutation on a pawpaw seedling.Side note: Venation Mutatio...
07/26/2023

Genetics are fun. Check out the little venation (vein pattern) mutation on a pawpaw seedling.

Side note: Venation Mutation would be a great band name 🌱😈

Ailanthus aka Tree of Heaven. The bane of my existence. Not only is this highly invasive tree a host for the dreaded spo...
07/18/2023

Ailanthus aka Tree of Heaven. The bane of my existence. Not only is this highly invasive tree a host for the dreaded spotted lantern fly, but it has its own web worm, Atteva punctella, which has developed a taste for pawpaws. Over the years, these webworms have completely defoliated some of the younger pawpaw trees.

Today I noticed something interesting… When I crushed the leaves and stems of very young ailanthus, it shared a similar “gasoline-like” smell of crushed pawpaw leaves. Might explain why they are interested in pawpaws too…

I haven’t posted in a while but busy working on exciting things coming up this fall! For now, enjoy this baby praying ma...
07/11/2023

I haven’t posted in a while but busy working on exciting things coming up this fall! For now, enjoy this baby praying mantis on a baby pawpaw 💚

The first real signs of success after seed sowing is the “pink knuckle” rising out of soil. But check how much it’s been...
04/12/2023

The first real signs of success after seed sowing is the “pink knuckle” rising out of soil. But check how much it’s been working to get to that point!

Also, does this not look like a dino-skeleton?🦕🦴😆

Spring pawpaw work made better with our favorite coworker 🐾 🌱
04/04/2023

Spring pawpaw work made better with our favorite coworker 🐾 🌱

A comment I often hear is "We have a ton of wild pawpaw trees, but we've never have fruit!"Pawpaw trees grow from seed, ...
03/15/2023

A comment I often hear is "We have a ton of wild pawpaw trees, but we've never have fruit!"

Pawpaw trees grow from seed, but they can also grow asexually from a lateral clonal root system. While it may look like there are a number of separate trees, underground they can all be essentially "one plant" from a biological perspective, sharing identical genetics. Thus, they can't self pollinate (for the most part) and with no pollination, there will be no fruit. These "root suckers" can pop up right next to the main tree or even up to 15 feet away, creating a typical pawpaw patch.

*Image adapted from "The American Home Garden" by Alexander Watson (circa 1859)

Happy Valentine’s Day!
02/14/2023

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year! Any resolutions to read more? Check out some favorites!
01/02/2023

Happy New Year! Any resolutions to read more? Check out some favorites!

Did you know that the orange and yellow colors we see on pawpaw leaves during the fall are actually present year round a...
11/15/2022

Did you know that the orange and yellow colors we see on pawpaw leaves during the fall are actually present year round and just not visible? Yep! When the green chlorophyll in the leaves starts to break down (caused by less sun exposure, not colder temperatures), we can finally see the yellows and oranges pop before they drop!

Important to mention this is NOT the case for other deciduous tree leaves that turn red in the fall. That is due to a newly produced color caused by trapped sugars producing anthocyanins. Think dogwoods, oaks, and some maples.

November marks the end of pawpaw season in our part of Virginia. No more fresh or refrigerated fruit, the leaves are cha...
11/02/2022

November marks the end of pawpaw season in our part of Virginia. No more fresh or refrigerated fruit, the leaves are changing, and trees are getting ready for a sleepy winter.

It’s time to celebrate a big year for Woodside Pawpaw. We’ve transitioned from a small educational farm resource to a recognized orchard and licensed nursery. We launched our website (www.woodsidepawpaw.com), had our first round of in-person sales this Fall, and have big plans for 2023. Stay tuned, pawpeople.

A huge thank you to everyone that came out over the weekend to support us! We sold out and couldn’t be more grateful to ...
09/17/2022

A huge thank you to everyone that came out over the weekend to support us! We sold out and couldn’t be more grateful to share our love and knowledge of pawpaws with our community! Until next time!

Pawpaw lovers! We’re at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fall PlantFest until 3 p.m. today! We’re selling 1-3 year seedling...
09/17/2022

Pawpaw lovers! We’re at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Fall PlantFest until 3 p.m. today! We’re selling 1-3 year seedlings, fruit, jam, and more! 🌱

I’ve seen too many broken branches, maimed fruit, and even hacked down pawpaw trees this year 😭 Really thrilled about th...
09/15/2022

I’ve seen too many broken branches, maimed fruit, and even hacked down pawpaw trees this year 😭 Really thrilled about the increased interest in our beloved tree and fruit, but please, please, please educate others on how to forage properly.

Hey, pawpaw lovers! 👋 Stop by our booth at Fall PlantFest next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 -17, at Lewis Ginter Botani...
09/09/2022

Hey, pawpaw lovers! 👋 Stop by our booth at Fall PlantFest next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 -17, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! We’ll be selling seedlings, fruit, and more!

Beating the heat with our pawpopsicles!
08/10/2022

Beating the heat with our pawpopsicles!

Following up on the last post regarding sunburn, here’s a way to help prevent any potential issues with your new grafts ...
07/30/2022

Following up on the last post regarding sunburn, here’s a way to help prevent any potential issues with your new grafts or young seedlings.

Remember that pawpaws are most often an understory tree and rely on taller trees for shade protection until they’re old enough or tall enough (~18 inches) to fend for themselves. KSU recommends using 30% shade cloth but anywhere from 10-50 can be used depending on your area. For example, if you’re in a particularly hot dry and sunny location (i.e. south), higher percentage shade cloth is recommended. If you’re in a cooler, wetter, shaded location, go for a lower shade cloth percentage.

When in doubt, go for a 30% and you should be covered.

These incredibly resilient trees can often recover from sunburn based on their already established root system. So even ...
07/28/2022

These incredibly resilient trees can often recover from sunburn based on their already established root system. So even if your pawpaws got sunburnt and seemed to have died, all might not be lost! Patience is the lesson here.

Stay tuned for the next post regarding sun protection in young trees!

Swipe for fruit development time machine! *and please use your best SpongeBob narrator voice
07/22/2022

Swipe for fruit development time machine!

*and please use your best SpongeBob narrator voice

If you go the traditional method of seed germination, you’ll start to see evidence of growth around mid-July in the cent...
07/17/2022

If you go the traditional method of seed germination, you’ll start to see evidence of growth around mid-July in the center of the Pawpaw Belt. Pawpaws undergo hypogeal germination, so they develop their deep root system before the stem emerges above ground (without cotyledons). As such, it may look like the pawpaws haven’t germinated, but usually there is a lot of action below the soil and you might see new development daily!

As sad as it was to lose some trees from June’s storm, it provided an opportunity to pull apart some of the larger damag...
07/11/2022

As sad as it was to lose some trees from June’s storm, it provided an opportunity to pull apart some of the larger damaged pawpaws to explore the “functional uses” of the pawpaw tree. Research shows that Indigenous peoples used the pawpaws inner bark for baskets, nets, and other resources, and it’s easy to see why. The stringy bark is exceptionally strong and comes off in long strips.

As mentioned in a prior post, it’s possible that they used trees with lower quality fruit, thus indirectly (or maybe even directly) aiding in superior pawpaw cultivation.

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