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Asimina triloba/Pawpaw

Asimina triloba / Asimina triloba
Late winter or very early spring flower
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Late winter or very early spring flower

Native stand of young seedlings or root sprouts from a large tree

Tree under cultivation

Close-up of flowers

Fruit in summer

Flowering branch

Large number of flowering branches

Close-up of leaves

Large cluster of fruit

Flowers on plant in Washington, DC

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Scientific Name: Asimina triloba
Common Name: Pawpaw
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Pawpaws require shade until they are about two fee tall, after which they can be grown in shady locations or in sun. Edible fruit has a banana texture, thought it tastes more like papaya or mango than banana. Birds and other wildlife readily eat it. Leaves are a major food source for zebra swallowtail butterflies. A native reported to produce the largest edible fruit of any native tree in the U.S. A superb understory tree for tall woodland trees. Fruiting is best if trees receive several hours of sunlight daily. Although a native, seldom abundant. The large somewhat droopy leaves make pawpaw trees rather conspicuous in a woodland setting. Small trees grow from the stolons of larger, mature trees. Not easily transplanted from native stands. There are several special cultivars available for improved fruiting qualities. It is a deer resistant species.