Asimina triloba

Common name: Paw Paw

Native plant

We've been told the leaf looks coarse or primitive, but we say it has a tropical flair. In fact, it is the farthest north-growing member of a very tropical family. The dark green leaves can be over a foot in length, and its smooth silvery bark certainly adds to the tropical feel. Very early in the spring, deep purple flowers hang like velvety bells, but have a scent only a beetle or fly could love (these are the main pollinators). The fruit is no longer than 6 inches and is extremely rich and edible, ripening in the fall. We have grown it in more than half-day sun, but we recommend planting in part shade with protection from the south and west. More than one tree is needed for cross-pollination and good fruit set.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Wetlands, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Dark Purple

Fall color



Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
25 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Edible fruit

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