Asimina triloba

Pawpaw

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Pot Size: full quart


Plant Description

Pawpaw is native to eastern North America where it grows on slopes in the understory of mixed hardwood forests. In the wild it forms coppices or groves of suckers (the Pawpaw patch), but in cultivation, it will form a small tree to 25 feet. It has drooping tropical looking leaves that turn brown or yellow before falling off in the fall. Flowers are small and maroon in mid-spring and if pollinated, form the largest edible fruit of any North American native plant - 3-6 inch long, green, sausage-looking clusters, which ripen in early fall. The fruits are delicious, sort of a combination of banana and pineapple and they can be used like bananas in cooking. Pawpaw muffins are delicious! However, it takes 2 different clones (plants from 2 different sources) for fruit set. Our plants are from multiple clones.

Grow this tree in partial shade and average soil. Pawpaw is the host plant for the beautiful black and white zebra swallowtail butterfly. When caterpillars eat Pawpaw leaves, they become poisonous for the entire life span of the butterfly.

 

Characteristics

Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Tree

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly sunny,

Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist

Size

full quart

Height

36 or taller

Flower Color

Purple, Brown

 

Bloom Time

Mid spring,

Typical Height

15ft

Spread

12ft

Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9