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.