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The Shenandoah paw paw tree is a patented, grafted tree that produces dense clusters of very large paw paws, and generally each fruit can weigh in at one pound or more, if the fruit is pre-thinned early in the development. After grafting takes place, the buds grow rapidly on the Shenandoah paw paw cultivar, and the plants grow well in sun or semi-shaded gardens. When fully ripened on the tree, the paw paws often fall to the ground where they can be easily harvested, each fruit developing into a deliciously flavored yellow pulpy treat that is easily scooped out with a spoon for a full freshness and a tasteful aroma that vaporizes into the air with a scent much like a finely flavored balance between pineapple, banana and citrus. The leaves are large like a magnolia leaf, and the weight of the leaves that causes them to droop vertically from the tree, produces a distinctive character for quick identification of the paw paw genus. The overall appearance of the tree is only about 15 feet in height, which many botanists regard as a dwarf tree.