Asimina triloba

Height: 12

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants

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



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An all-around unique plant. This understory tree occurs in wooded slopes and ravines. Trees often spread by suckers creating a Paw Paw thicket. Their small maroon colored flowers are actually insect-pollinated. 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. Parts of the tree contain a bitter natural insecticide, leaving it untouched by browsing animals like rabbit or deer.

Additional information

Weight5 lbs
Dimensions5.5 × 5.5 × 12 in

15 to 30'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


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


Other Names

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