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Paw-paw

Paw-paw

Asimina triloba

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Shade Tolerant

Height: 15 to 30'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: Maroon

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Medium to wet, well drained; can tolerate wet soil. Prefers moist, acid, fertile soils.

Light Requirements: Part Shade to Full Sun

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: papaw, paw paw, paw-paw, custard apple, wild banana

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$29.99

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Description

Paw-paw is an all-around unique native plant, being the northernmost member of a mainly tropical family of trees. This understory tree naturally occurs in wooded slopes and ravines, but can flourish in your yard if planted in the right spot. Trees often spread by suckers creating a Paw Paw thicket. Paw paw is unusual in that its small maroon colored flowers are actually pollinated by flies, rather than traditional pollinators. For best fruit production, plant multiple trees to ensure lots of cross-pollination. Paw-paw’s leaves contain a bitter natural insecticide, leaving it untouched by browsing animals like rabbit or deer. Its seeds are spread by a variety of different animals, such as red foxes, squirrels, and even box turtles.

Paw-paw has the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. Its flavor falls somewhere between banana and mango, and can be used in a multitude of ways. Some towns even have a “paw-paw festival”, where people can celebrate this unique fruit by showing off their latest recipes – such as paw-paw ice cream or paw-paw beer.

Paw-paw is the exclusive host to both the exotic Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly and the Pawpaw Sphinx Moth (both pictured above), making it an important part of the ecosystem.

Note: We recommend planting in groups of three to maximize fruit set.


 

Additional information

Height

15 to 30'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color

Maroon

Soil Moisture

Medium

Soil Type

Medium to wet, well drained; can tolerate wet soil. Prefers moist, acid, fertile soils.

Light Requirements

Part Shade to Full Sun

Hardiness Zone

5,6,7,8,9

Other Names

papaw, paw paw, paw-paw, custard apple, wild banana

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

Please Note: If you live between the two facilities, you can change the Ship From location on the Cart page to see which will give you better shipping rates.

Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.