Late winter or very early spring flower
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5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Determine Your Zone
10 - 15 feet
Sun, Part Sun
Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth:
Susceptible to insects
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.
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