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Common Paw Paw

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Small spreading tree with delicious edible fruit, similar in taste to a banana/pear with a custard consistency; fruit is sweet, rich, high in vitamins, however flowers can have a disagreeable fetid odor; tree is a host for the zebra swallowtail butterfly

Characteristics

Species:
triloba
Other Species Names:
Pawpaw Apple, False-Banana, Poor Man's Banana
Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Asimina
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
purple
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from mid to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
lemon
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

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Planting & Growing

Common Paw Paw will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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