[nafex] pawpaws & black walnuts

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Thu Jan 10 12:31:31 EST 2002


At 12:18 PM 01/10/2002 -0500, Bill wrote:
>Here in central PA, the old timers tell me that wild paw-paws were very
>common along the base of the mountains when they were kids. Now they are
>very rare. I have seen only one small tree in a neighboring county several
>years ago. They blame their dissappearance on the spread of black walnut
>trees. However, I know one guy here who grows lots of paw paws in his
>backyard.

The pawpaws growing wild along the creeks here in KY are very frequently 
growing in the shade of large, mature black walnuts.  The first pawpaw 
fruits I ever saw in the wild were in a small clump of trees growing up all 
around a BW.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY


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