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Common Pawpaw

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Common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):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. Two trees in close proximity with different genetics are required for fruit production. (Different genetics includes: different seed source, different cultivar, etc.) (Other Names: Paw paw, paw-paw, american pawpaw)

Characteristics

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

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Landscape Attributes

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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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