The Pawpaw is a small, tropical-looking tree developing a narrowly pyramidal shape with dense, drooping foliage down to the ground level. In the shade it grows tall, with a more open branching habit, horizontally held leaves and few lower limbs. They respond well to mulch, absence of weeds and applications of fertilizers. Seedling trees will come into bearing when they are about 6 feet tall. This may take 5 to 6 years.