[nafex] Pawpaw seedlings - true to parent?

Louis Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Mon Nov 23 17:02:45 EST 2020

Other than these handful of seedlings grown from seed I bought from
Tollgate Nursery (Corwin Davis' daughter and son-in-law) , years ago, I've
not really kept any to fruiting... have given away many seedlings and
numerous quarts of seed from grafted trees - but at this juncture, I can't
tell you what the parent variety is for any of these seedlings, nor which
still have many or any of their multiple grafts still in existence.  Other
than one graft of Mango on a wild pawpaw growing in the fenceline well away
from the house, I can't identify any of my pawpaw grafts anymore.

So... not my own personal experience, but some of the earliest literature I
encountered from the resurgence of interest and research into pawpaws, back
at least into the early 1990s - by folks like Desmond Layne, Corwin Davis,
etc., suggested that a high percentage of seedlings produced fruit similar
to, if not comparable to, that of the parent variety.  John Gordon offered,
in addition to named variety graftlings and scionwood, several
named-parentage seedling pawpaw selections, which he usually denoted as SAA
(Saved As 'A')... like SAA Zimmerman, etc., which was a seedling of
Zimmerman that produced fruit all but indistinguishable from the parent


On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 2:31 PM Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net>

> Hi Lucky,
> Is that your personal experience? Or can anyone else on list vouch for
> this?
> I have not had pawpaw seedlings fruit yet, but I have seen diametrically
> opposed opinions on this around the 'net.
> Elizabeth
> On 11/23/2020 8:37 AM, Louis Pittman wrote:
> > Pawpaw fruits from named-parentage seedlings are
> > quite similar in most respects to those of the parent variety.
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